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Roger Federer is ringing in the New Year with an adventurous Aussie spirit.

The Australian Open champion has played some beach tennis, took some selfies with special quokka fans and visited Perth's scenic Rottnest Island.

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All that activity comes in advance of Federer reprising his partnership with Belinda Bencic for Switzerland, which opens Hopman Cup play in Perth against Japan's Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka on Saturday in Group B play.

A year ago, the Swiss narrowly missed out making the Hopman Cup final.




The 19-time Grand Slam champion said he was pleased with his offseason and is eager to get back into the swing of things. 

“It’s totally different this time around,” Federer told HopmanCup.com. “I had a great off season. I mean, I did have a good off season too last year but I just wasn’t sure what to expect. Now expectations are higher but at the same time I try to remind myself just don ‘t think it’s normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017."

Federer's philosophy for 2018: "keep cool."

“I’ve got to try and keep it cool," Federer said. "Try my best and see what happens but the preparation’s been good so far. We’ll see how things go."



Federer will bond with fans again tomorrow as the Hopman Cup is offering free admission to Federer's practice session against Thanasi Kokkinakis at 4:30 p.m. local time tomorrow. 

A year ago, Federer's open Perth practice drew 6,000 fans. He's hoping turnout tomorrow will eclipse that mark.



Photo credit: Hopman Cup Facebook 

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