Tournament top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks to the media after a walk at Southbank in Brisbane ahead of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
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Roger Federer said Saturday he was looking at defending his Brisbane International title as a launch-pad to the new season.Federer, 34, who won six titles including Brisbane last year and reached the final of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, is up against world No.8 Kei Nishikori, No.14 Milos Raonic and No.28 Grigor Dimitrov in this year's Brisbane tournament.Novak Djokovic dominated last year with three grand slam titles, and while the wait for an 18th slam title is stretching out, Federer said he was not overly concerned.It is Federer's third trip to the Brisbane International and not only did he win last year's title but he joined rare company by picking up the 1000th match win of his ATP career in the process.
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