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Australian Open 2016: Roger Federer hits out at 'stupid question' after loss to Novak Djokovic

The question seemed to be a compliment. Sure, Novak Djokovic's run of dominance in recent times has been impressive. But did the Serb star have to overcome the same calibre of player that Federer faced throughout the mid-2000s, when the Swiss maestro was revered as the world's best player?

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Federer: I know you guys think I'm old

Roger Federer tells a media pack he still believes he can beat Novak Djokovic after going down to the world number one at the Australian Open.

It's a question worth pondering, but not one that Federer seemed interested in investing in after he succumbed in four sets to Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open.

"You've got to be careful how to phrase the question," Federer, 34, said after a few seconds of silence.

"You don't want to disrespect the other players. You don't have to face them, I've got to face them." He then labelled the query a "stupid question".

It's not often Federer has had to defend his credentials. But he went to significant lengths to back his form after the loss to Djokovic, who won three grand slams in 2015 and this weekend will play his sixth Australian Open final.


"I have self-confidence ... that doesn't fade away very quickly," Federer said.

"I know it's not easy. I never thought it was easy. But best-of-three (sets), best-of-five ... I can run for four or five hours - it's not a problem.

"I know you guys (in the media) make it a different case - I get that because you think I'm old and all that - but it's no problem for me. It doesn't scare me when I go into a big match against any player who's in their prime right now.

"It's disappointing, but at the same time I'm going deep in slams right now - I'm having great runs.

"Novak right now is a reference for everybody. He's the only guy that has been able to stop me as of late.

"It's okay. I wish I could have played a bit better, and who knows what would have happened, but today Novak was very, very good - there's no doubt about it."


1. Novak Djokovic
2. Andy Murray
3. Roger Federer
4. Stan Wawrinka
5. Rafael Nadal
6. Tomas Berdych
7. Kei Nishikori
8. David Ferrer
9. Richard Gasquet
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


1. Roger Federer
2. Juan Carlos Ferrero
3. Andy Roddick
4. Guillermo Coria
5. Andre Agassi
6. Rainer Schuettler
7. Carlos Moya
8. David Nalbandian
9. Mark Philippoussis
10. Paradorn Srichaphan

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