finally anybody knows what is going on with Fed? i am thinking he is in melbourne already.
Oz is just 9 days away.
In answer to your question general, yes, Federer is in Melbourne. He did take a side trip and visit Singapore a couple of days ago for a Credit Suisse event as he is their "ambassador" and had an interesting press conference where he talked about a variety of things. There was one easy to miss comment near the end of the press conference in relation to a question about changes in tennis over the last 10-15 years (style, equipment, court speed), where he said heard that the Australian Open courts might be a little bit quicker this year, but doesn't think it will be a drastic change.
Interview - question about Australian Open court pace - 24:15 and around 25:00 he mentions they might be a bit quicker this year
Other than that, instead of participating in one of the warm-up tournaments, he has been practicing. Here he is at Melbourne Park's Rod Laver Arena yesterday. Notice that he practices against two players...
Australian Open main draw will be next Friday Jan 11, 2013. Time to be announced.