With the bookies picking Roger Federer and Andy Murray as the favourties, the Swiss took some shots at the Scot - undermining Murray's recent success when he won 3 titles on the Asia swing. "I'm not taking anything away from what Andy did, but was Asia the strongest this year?" Federer asked.
"I'm not sure. Novak [Djokovic] wasn't there, I wasn't there and [in Shanghai] Rafa lost early. [But] it has been a good effort by him after losing to Kevin Anderson in Montreal [in August]. Don't forget how things were looking then." "I think he's past that tough hurdle—‘Oh, I haven't won a Grand Slam’—that stressed him out more one-and-a-half years ago," Federer said.
"I think now he is a bit more laid back because he has gone through these ups and downs and knows how to handle them. I've always thought he is plenty good enough to win a Grand Slam and he will have a good year in 2012.
It's crazy how small the margins are in tennis."