Federer, Serena looking to get on a roll in Brisbane

Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:37am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) - Roger Federer and Serena Williams had contrasting 2013 seasons but both kick off their new campaigns at the Brisbane International this week showing no signs just yet of calling time on their illustrious careers.

Born just a month apart and each with 17 grand slam singles titles to their name, Federer and Williams could justifiably claim to be the best tennis players of their generation, if not of all time.

This year, though, it was American Williams who led the way with 11 titles, including the coveted trophies at the French and U.S. Opens, and winning 78 of 82 matches to regain the number one ranking.

Federer slumped to sixth in the world after winning just the one title at Halle and failing to get to a grand slam final for the first time since 2002.

While admitting the season had been difficult at times, Federer said on his arrival in Brisbane that he was feeling fitter than he had for more than 18 months and was not about to be pushed into retirement.

"People are always going to jump in and say 'this is it', and that's what happened this year," the 32-year-old told a news conference.

"Critics are a part of the game. But they are the last guys to push me out of this game.

"Deep down I am doing it because I love the game. And now I don't want to waste any more opportunities."   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles semi-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez