FEDERER ON TOP OF HIS GAME
DEFENDING champion Roger Federer said he was “very happy” with his preparation for the Australian Open yesterday, a day before he begins his campaign against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.
“I’m playing good tennis,” he told reporters in Melbourne. “I’m confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me. That’s always a good thought. But then again, I think I’m playing well.”
The 37-year-old, who has won the last two Australian Opens and a joint record six overall, began his season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, where he didn’t lose a single set or service game.
Asked about former No 1 Andy Murray’s announcement this week that the tournament could potentially be his last because of a painful hip injury, Federer said he was “disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked”.
“Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well,” he added.