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Hewitt beats Federer for title at Brisbane International

International Sports Desk, Jan 5 (EFE).- Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the world No. 60, defeated Switzerland's Roger Federer, the top seed, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 Sunday in the final at the Brisbane International tournament in Brisbane, Australia. "It's been a couple years. So I was just ready for the challenge today. Played great obviously at the start, really well. Took Roger little bit of time to get into the match," Hewitt said. The victory gave the 32-year-old Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner, his first ATP title since 2010.

Hewitt grinds down Federer to claim Brisbane title

By Ciaran Baynes BRISBANE (Reuters) - Roger Federer's hopes of starting the year with a long-overdue title ended in failure on Sunday when the Swiss was beaten by local hero Lleyton Hewitt in the Brisbane International final. The 17-times grand slam champion, who won the last of his 77 titles last June, was beaten 6-1 4-6 6-3 by a typically gutsy Hewitt who ended a more than three-year title drought.

Hard to make tweaks in time for Australian Open: Federer

By Ciaran Baynes BRISBANE (Reuters) - Roger Federer's new alliance with Stefan Edberg appears to be a sign he will be adopt a more aggressive game in 2014 but the Swiss believes it will be tough to make changes in time for this month's Australian Open. Federer's decision to bring Swede Edberg in to work alongside head coach Severin Luethi, along with a switch to a bigger racket, illustrates an unwillingness to accept the trend of the world's top pair Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic pounding him into submission from the baseline.

Tennis: Federer insists he can still win a Slam

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer insisted Monday he was still capable of winning a Grand Slam singles crown despite a relatively poor 2013 season which saw him slip to world number six. The 32-year-old won only one title in an injury-hit 2013, leading many tennis fans to wonder whether he would add to his record tally of 17 Slams. However, the former world number one said he still had the ability to win one of the big four and identified Wimbledon as his best chance.

Federer, Serena looking to get on a roll in Brisbane

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.

Tennis: All eyes on Federer as season gets underway

Six of the top 10 women's players will compete in the Brisbane International beginning Sunday but arguably all eyes will be on the men's draw as Swiss superstar Roger Federer makes his debut in the tournament. Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Federer could possibly be playing in Australia for the last time if he decides to call an end to his glittering career at the end of 2014.

Tennis: Federer at 2014 crossroads, Serena eyes history

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray open the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi on Thursday with Roger Federer hoping his absence isn't an indicator of more misery ahead. World number one Nadal provided the comeback story of 2013, winning 10 titles, including a record eighth French Open and a second US Open which took his majors haul to 13. Djokovic defended his Australian Open crown while Murray claimed Britain's first Wimbledon mens' title in 77 years.

Federer can play until he is 60, says Nastase

(Reuters) - Roger Federer should play until he is 60 if he wants to, according to Romanian former world number one Ilie Nastase. The Swiss 17-times grand-slam champion has slipped down to sixth in the world rankings and won only one title this year, prompting many to suggest he is a spent force at 32. Nastase the former bad boy of tennis, believes Federer should not listen to the naysayers, however.

Federer walks off into shadows with clock ticking

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer slid his racket into his bag and walked off into the shadows of London's o2 Arena on Sunday as his leanest season since 2001 came to a rather predictable end at the hands of Rafa Nadal. The 32-year-old's 7-5 6-3 defeat in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals ended his hopes of winning the title for a seventh time and with his ranking now on the slide there is no telling if he will ever return at the season-ender.

Federer rallies to defeat Del Potro in ATP Finals, will face Nadal next

London, Nov 9 (EFE).- Switzerland's Roger Federer eked out a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 victory over Juan Martin del Potro here Saturday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, setting up a much-anticipated match-up with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Playing before a crowd of 15,000 at London's O2 Arena, the big Argentine took leads of at least one service break in all three sets but he was unable to impose his powerful ground strokes on his opponent when it mattered most.
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