17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer hopes to surpass his rival World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the ATP Rankings this year, where both the player will have to battle for the crown from the beginning of the season.
Roger Federer will return back to action next week at Rod Laver Arena for the first time, where he also skips from all warm up matches. Federer has take part in training session along with former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt at Melbourne Park and both the champions have spent some time together on the court. Swiss legend has been practicing well at the moment and going to face different type of challenge this year.
31-year-old Federer believes he can climb to No. 1 spot in ATP Rankings, if he clinches 2013 Australian Open crown this month. Currently, Swiss star holds No. 2 place with 10,265 points ahead of the Novak Djokovic with top place with 12,920 points. Serbian is the hot favorite to defend the 2013 Australian Open championships this month, where he also seeded as No. 1.
Meanwhile, 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is also having threat by his fellow Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer for No. 4 spot in ATP Rankings. Nadal is likely to come back to court next month for the first time in six months, as he suffering from stomach problem from past couple of weeks.