Fed­erer not ex­pect­ing too much

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - TENNIS SPORT - — Leo Sch­link

AN OVER­WHELM­ING favourite to land a 20th ma­jor, Roger Fed­erer has moved to tem­per Aus­tralian Open ex­pec­ta­tions by declar­ing he is not 100 per cent ahead of his Mel­bourne Park re­turn.

The sec­ond seed said his as­pi­ra­tions were dif­fer­ent to last sea­son, when he con­trived a miracle win de­spite a sup­pos­edly hor­ren­dous draw.

“This year I hope to win the first few rounds and get rolling hope­fully, whereas last year I was just hop­ing to win,” the Swiss star

(pic­tured) said.

“It (2017) was more of a ‘let’s see what hap­pens’ kind of tour­na­ment, maybe sim­i­lar to what No­vak (Djokovic) or Stan (Wawrinka) or oth­ers are go­ing through this year. It’s like, let’s just see what hap­pens.

“I’m not at 100 per cent, but you never know in a week’s time what’s go­ing to be hap­pen­ing. “If you’re in the draw, you give your­self a chance. That’s what hap­pened for me last year. All ended up way bet­ter than I thought it would, as you know.

“Yeah, it was the tour­na­ment of the year for me, no doubt about it. All the five-set­ters, as well.

“Hav­ing no ex­pec­ta­tions was so nice af­ter all th­ese years al­ways hav­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.”

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