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Federer "Looking Forward" To Meeting Hewitt In Brisbane Final

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer celebrates beating Jeremy Chardy in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Roger Federer says that he is looking forward to competing against fellow 32-year-old Lleyton Hewitt in the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp final on Sunday.

“I don't play many guys who are older than me or my age,” said Federer, after he beat Jeremy Chardy in the semi-finals. “Even though there are quite a few guys around who are hanging on. I think we're both really looking forward to it.

“My rivalry with him was pretty intense – never nasty or anything, but just good matches. We're total opposite from one another the way we play.  I play with the one‑handed backhand; he plays his double‑handed. His attitude on court is totally different to mine. I think that's why it's always an interesting match-up for both of us.”

Federer leads Hewitt 18-8 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The final will represent their first hard-court clash since January 2010 at the Australian Open, which Federer won in three sets. 

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Federer has already contested six matches this week – three singles and three doubles – with his new bigger-headed racquet. “Right now, [I’m] very happy how it's feeling,” he admitted. “I've been able to put a lot of the hours on the racquet in practice and now in matches, so that's very important.

Despite losing in the doubles semi-finals with Nicolas Mahut, the Swiss is happy with the time he has spent on the court.

Federer, Hewitt To Face Off In Final

In the first week of the season, Federer said, “I think most important [thing] is to play enough matches. Number two [is] physically holding up, surviving the shock. You can train as much as you want, but it's never like the match. [I’m] not saying [that] the match is tougher, it's just different because you're going to stretch for that extra ball here and there. When you're doing fitness and training you're going much harder overall.

“It's been a good week so far, and I hope can play a good final tomorrow. I look forward to that final with Lleyton… We know each other very well, so both of us will find our groove and know what to expect from one another.

“The moment I don't play great, he will be there to take it, especially on a quick court like here.”

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