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Federer: I won't let injury hinder me in bid for glory

By Staff Reporter

Roger Federer insists his bid to win an 18th grand slam title in Sunday's Australian Open final will not be hampered by injury.

Federer held off a thrilling fightback from Stan Wawrinka to win their semi-final 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena but had to call a medical time-out at the end of the fourth set.

The Swiss said afterwards he had been suffering from a minor problem with his upper leg in Melbourne and that it had caused him some discomfort against Wawrinka from the second game onwards.

Asked if the injury would affect him this weekend, Federer said: "If I had to say anything right now, no. The leg wasn't better or worse in the fifth. I felt tightness throughout the match and I felt like it slowed me down.

"I just hoped that maybe having the physio work on it, that it would make me feel better but it didn't. It's not something I'm necessarily really worried about in any way. So that's a good thing."

Venus Williams will face her sister Serena in the Australian Open final tomorrow.

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