Roger Federer: 'I expect greatness from Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka'

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Roger Federer: 'I expect greatness from Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka'

In January 2018 all the best players, including Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic just to mention a few, will be back to compete and Roger Federer feels it will be interesting to see how they will do. 'Coming back is always a challenge for the body', the World No.

2 said. 'It's a challenge for the team because you got to be extremely patient yet positive. Not so easy in some instances. Yeah, so I expect obviously from the likes who have been extremely high up in the rankings, who have won slams, like Stan (Wawrinka), Andy (Murray) and Novak (Djokovic), of course, I expect greatness from them.

When they return at some stage, not maybe from the very beginning. But I wouldn't be surprised if it worked out for them as well like it worked out for me. And Rafa, so... The others, I have no idea exactly what's problem is.

I hope also Kei (Nishikori), Tomas (Berdych) and Milos (Raonic) all find their way back on tour and prefer to be in Australia because that would make it quite epic, a comeback for all the guys. Then you mix them together with the new guys from the World Tour Finals here who have just come off a great year, obviously are confident, want to stay in the top 10, want to make the World Tour Finals again.

They are sort of weaving their way in. Not so fast, guys, we also want to make it. You have the young guys coming through. I think it could be a very cool start to the year, which I'm really looking forward to.' This year Federer won seven titles after not competing for six months, which surprised everyone.

'We all had to take a time off. I didn't choose to take the time off last year. You make me look like a genius sometimes. You take time off, you come back, you're good again. That's not how it goes. I think if we could have played, we all would have played.

So it's not like by choice that we probably did this, or I'd say maybe -- I don't know. I think we all couldn't play. That's a problem to start off with', he said. ALSO READ: Claudio Mezzadri reveals Roger Federer intends to play on clay in 2018 .