Federer staying positive despite Australian Open disappointment

Federer just found Djokovic too good in the semi-finals

Roger Federer remains upbeat despite seeing his Australian Open title reign ended by Novak Djokovic.

Federer enjoyed a brilliant start to 2011, winning the Doha title but in the semi-finals he ran into an unstoppable force in the shape of eventual champion Djokovic. The duo have fought out many epic encounters in recent years but this time Federer just could not find that extra inspiration.

After such an outstanding career, the Swiss says that dealing with these losses becomes easier and he still feels that 2011 can be an extremely successful season. Djokovic's success is being heralded as a changing of the guard but that has been said before. Juan Martin Del Potro looked all set to rule the tennis world after his US Open 2009 triumph but Federer and Rafael Nadal returned to hoover up the slams in 2010.

"I don't think it was a bad match," Federer declared. "I can move on from this with a good mindset, to be honest. That's what's important right now, that I don't feel like I have physical issues or I'm not playing the right way and whatever. So I'm really positive what's ahead of me."

"I hope I'll stay healthy this time around in February, which has been a bit of an issue in the last couple years. So I hope this time around I'll be good, which then is going to help me through Dubai, Indian Wells, and Miami, and then going into the clay court season. I'm playing well. I just ran into a player who was a bit better than me on the night."

Much is being made of Djokovic's improvement in 2011 but Federer says that from his perspective, it's not been as dramatic an increase in form as it appears.

"I thought he played a great end to the (2010) season as well," Federer said. "Played well at the US Open; played well before that, a little bit after that. His game doesn't go away overnight either. I was able to sort of get the better of him on a few occasions in a couple of close ones."

"I think I beat him four out of five times at the end of the season, and that obviously makes it look like he didn't play great. Honestly, I think he was always there giving himself chances. Would he have maybe played at this level or would I have played a little level underneath that, he would've had an unbelievable end of the season. But that's sometimes how it goes. Doesn't mean the guy that doesn't win the tournament can't play tennis. That's sometimes how things are portrayed. I had a great season last year, and I think I'll have another one this year."

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