Brisbane: Roger Federer arrived Down Under on Saturday for the Brisbane International with a refreshed outlook for 2014, no injuries and a new coach on his team.
"It's the first time in a year that I could practice three, four weeks in a row without any setbacks ... I was able to do more than I thought which is very encouraging," Federer said of his offseason. "I didn't play any exhibitions which allowed me to train extremely hard and for a longer period of time."
Federer, who will use the Brisbane event as his only warm-up tournament ahead of the Australian Open which begins January 13 in Melbourne, announced on Facebook on Friday that he'd added former No. 1 Stefan Edberg to his coaching team for at least 10 weeks.