Federer not expecting too much
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.”