Roger Federer warns that he is ‘not ready’ for Australian Open as he looks to find his groove quickly

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Roger Federer says he is ‘not ready’ to play at the Australian Open and is worried he will be caught cold in the first round unless he is very careful.

Federer has not played since the ATP Finals in November after opting to sit out the ATP Cup and other warm-up tournaments this month.

That is in stark contrast to other players on the tour, including Federer’s first round opponent Steve Johnson, and he is worried that may make him vulnerable.

“Look, it’s exactly the tricky situation right now, playing somebody who has just played a lot this week,” Federer told reporters.

“He’s ready to go. He’s match-ready and I’m not.

“I got to really make sure I get out of the gates quick.

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“Practice has been going well. Had plenty of time to pace myself and do all the things I had to do to get ready. I hope it’s enough.

“I know it’s a super long road to victory. That’s why I got to take it one match at a time. My expectations are quite low.”

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