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No holidays from tennis for Roger Federer and Marin Cilic

A family holiday in the Maldives might seem a good time for Roger Federer to put the racket down, but the Swiss master could not resist the offer of a hit when he found out Marin Cilic was also relaxing in the islands.

The pair will face off in Sunday's Australian Open final, having snuck off from their families for a couple of sessions while holidaying in the Indian Ocean nation in November.

Federer said the Croatian was eager to hit to stay in the rhythm even in the off-season.

"We also met up later for drinks, met his fiancée. We had cake together, my whole family and him. We had a good time," the Swiss master added.

"It's not like we're hanging out all the time, but our paths crossed a few times. We actually went to practice twice for 45 minutes.

"It's great fun. No coaches, no nothing, just the two of us on the court hitting balls.

"It was just nice and laid back. To get to know the man behind the tennis player, I guess."





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