Roger Federer is targeting a big 2018 after booking his place in the second round of the Australian Open.

Federer eyes big year

Federer eyes big year

2017 will take some beating after he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but after outclassing former Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 in Melbourne, hopes are high as he goes in search of his 20th Grand Slam title.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka could stand in his way, but the trio have just battled back from injury, and still looks the one to beat down under.

The Swiss legend is also looking further ahead, but accepts that his age might catch up with him and he may be unable to repeat the success of last year.

"I am hoping for another good year," said Federer. "I am not sure it will go that well because last year went so well and I'm a year older, Rafa's looking in tip-top shape and others guys are coming back.

"Last year was a fairytale and I can't control everything. Last year could be my favourite year of my career but I am hoping to stay healthy, give myself chances and play my very best in the big matches like last year."