Roger Federer insists he's still on the pace

Federer said Djokovic, bidding for his fourth Australian title against Murray in Sunday's final, has taken a step forward but he said he was excited about his prospects for the year ahead.

updated: January 26, 2013 14:10 IST
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Melbourne, Australia: Roger Federer dismissed suggestions he was slipping off the pace at the top of men's tennis after his five-set loss to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday.

Federer, at 31 the senior member of the 'Big Four', went down in a four-hour duel with third seed Murray as he suffered his third straight semi-final defeat in Melbourne.

But the world number two, who holds a record 17 Grand Slam titles, insisted "nothing has changed" in his match-ups against his younger rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Murray.

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