Roger Federer should be in a pretty good state of mind as the 2014 Australian Open approaches. Already his year has begun better than last.
The Swiss star chose to prepare for Melbourne in 2013 by arriving there and diving into the first round. He never really acclimated and looked unsteady from the early goings. Both Bernard Tomic and Milos Raonic forced him to tiebreakers, and he was taken to five sets in the quarters and semis, falling to Andy Murray.
Even the most dispassionate fan of Federer knows that the year went straight downhill from there.
In 2014 though, things are looking up. He jetted off down under well before the first Grand Slam and got to the final in Brisbane. Despite losing to longtime nemesis Lleyton Hewitt in the title match, it is clear that Federer has bigger things clearly in focus.
Here's a breakdown of the key components of the state of Roger Federer.