of playing the new generation who are coming up and improving quickly and I have to work harder than to stay at the top, or with the best," added Federer, who has had only three grand slam final appearance in the last three years.
With old foe Rafa Nadal absent for the Jan. 14-27 Australian showpiece, Djokovic is the clear favourite to win a third consecutive title. Not that Federer has followed the Serbian's success too closely.
"I do believe that Novak goes in as the favourite for this year's Australian Open after, did he win the last couple of years or just last year? I'm not sure, but he has won two or three already plus he has won the World Tour Finals," he said.
"He is probably the best hard-court player in the last couple of years.
"If I'm second favourite, fourth favourite or eighth or whatever it might be it doesn't change much for me. I know if I'm playing well I can win tournaments."
But having opted to only practice over the last few weeks, only Federer knows if he is playing well enough