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FEDERER GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER BIG YEAR

Roger Federer (above) won 11 singles titles this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events. He wants to do at least as well next season.

"I want to repeat or better my performances of 2004 in the new season," Federer said. "If I perform well at the start of the new season, I will be able to retain my top ranking, something that is very important to me now."

The first stop for the Swiss star is the $1 million Qatar Open in Doha, but he's already thinking about winning a third straight Wimbledon championship.

"Wimbledon is one Grand Slam which is very close to my heart," said Federer, who won his first major at the All England Club in 2003. "Playing well on grass and winning the Grand Slam in London is what I want to do in 2005.

"Before I became a pro, I won the junior Wimbledon title in 1998 and after that my desire to become a champion in London turned into a major career ambition."

But to get the season started on a positive note, Federer is hoping to improve on his quarterfinal showing at Doha last year.

Federer, who has won 14 consecutive tournament finals, plans to keep playing without a coach until he finds the right person.

"Every player knows his requirements on and off the field. I know mine, too. Some players improve their game having their fathers to help them out, some adjust well having a dependable physio or a supportive girlfriend. In my case, my physio and girlfriend were the ones of immense help to me throughout 2004," Federer said.

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