Watch Federer make friends with quokkas at Rottnest Island in Western Australia

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Roger Federer enjoyed a trip to Rottnest Island ahead of his participation in the Hopman Cup in Perth in Western Australia.

Federer, who is partnering Belinda Bencic to represent Switzerland in the exhibition team competition, is looking to kick off his 2018 season in fine fashion ahead of his Australian Open title defence next month.

Watch the 19-time Grand Slam champion get acquainted with a bunch of quokkas on the island earlier this week.


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Watch highlights from Federer's practice at Hopman Cup in Perth

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Roger Federer begins his 2018 season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, where he is partnering Belinda Bencic representing Switzerland.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion will take to the court on Saturday against Japan, and he has already been practicing hard Down Under.

Check out highlights from his practice session in Perth on Thursday.


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Nadal pulls out of Brisbane but targets Australian Open return

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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International but said he still intends to play in next month’s Australian Open.

The Spaniard, who hasn’t played since losing to David Goffin at the World Tour Finals in London, was scheduled to start his season in Brisbane this weekend, but said he would now not be coming as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

“I am sorry to announce I won’t be coming to Brisbane this year,” Nadal said on Twitter on Thursday.

“My intention was to play but I am still not ready after last year’s long season and the late start of my preparation.”

But Nadal said he still planned to play in the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament, starting in Melbourne on January 15.

“I will be seeing my Aussie fans when I land on the 4th (of January) in Melbourne and start there my preparation for the Australian Open,” he added.

Reports casting doubt over Nadal’s recovery from an injury to his right knee surfaced last week when he pulled out of this weekend’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi and canceled a four-day training block with Joao Sousa at his academy in Mallorca.

Nadal, 31, has had a stellar 2017, claiming a 10th French Open, a third US Open crown and the year-ending world number one spot.

Nadal added two Masters titles at Monte Carlo and Madrid to his triumphs at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows, finishing the campaign with six trophies. The 16-time Grand Slam champion also secured the year-ending top ranking for a fourth time.

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