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.
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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.”
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.”