Roger Federer starts the tournament with a great win over Steve Johnson.
The Swiss legend started the decade with a great performance against Steve Johnson,
and He won in straight sets with 6-3 / 6-2 / 6-2 in 1 hour and 21 minutes.
In the Court interview with Jim Courrier, Federer expressed how happy He is to win and to help Australian’s victims.Embed from Getty Images
Federer went to the press conference directly after the match and here is what He said:
“I have not played great matches in many weeks, and probably 95% of the players are coming here with matches,”
“I think the first three rounds are key to get going, to get used to the pressure,”
“stay calm, when to save break-point or 30-30 points or whatever it may be or just to stay calm if you’re down a set and a break.”
“This is the unknown that can be a little bit scary at times. But today there was none of that”
“because I broke early each set and was able to get on a roll, play freely after that.”
“And also felt I had margin. Anything I was doing, I felt like I had the game under control.”Roger Federer – Press Conference 1R win Embed from Getty Images
Moreover, in the court interview, Roger Federer had a flashback, as He remembers the first time He played in the Australian Open in 1998.
“I remember coming here for the juniors in 1998, I lost in the semis and then played qualifiers the following year,”
“Yeah, I lost the first round, and then came back in 2000. I defeated Michael Chang and now he’s coaching against me.”
“That was a great experience, playing on a big court.”
“And then I think I ended up playing third or fourth round, losing to Arnaud Clement. I was happy, it was a good tournament.”