Brisbane: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer insisted on Sunday that his three-set loss to Lleyton Hewitt at the Brisbane International was not a setback to his Australian Open preparations. (Read: I can still win a Grand Slam, says Federer)
Federer lost the Brisbane final to an inspired Hewitt 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in just over two hours at the Pat Rafter Arena. (Federer hires childhood hero Stefan Edberg as coach)
But Federer, who was using the Brisbane tournament as an Australian Open warm-up for the first time, said he felt good ahead of his bid to win the year's first Grand Slam for the fifth time.