MELBOURNE: Veterans Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova head into the opening Grand Slam of 2015 next week as the form players, but there is a heady mix of youth and experience snapping at their heels. Evergreen Swiss great Federer, 33, brought up a jaw-dropping 1,000th victory on Sunday by beating Canadian Milos Raonic to win the Brisbane International, laying down the Australian Open (January 19 to February1) gauntlet to archrivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The world number two is now aiming for a 1,007th win, which would give him the title at Melbourne Park. Sharapova, who has been a fixture on the tennis circuit since 2002, continues to shine with victory over Ana Ivanovic in Brisbane handing her a 34th career title. She won her only Australian Open in 2008, beating Ivanovic in the finals.