One of the biggest coaching names in the tennis circuit – Roger Rasheed recently spoke about a new and improved Roger Federer in 2018. Coming to Melbourne as the defending champion, Federer has lifted the Australian Open 5 times and is looking to tie Novak Djokovic as the joint leader with 6.
"It's a real different Roger Federer this year because if you rewind it, the emotions of coming out last year - he hasn't played for six months, (wondering) 'how my body will react?" Rasheed said.
He further added, "All of a sudden, it's twelve months later and you're now defending champion. "It's an amazing journey over such a short period of time.” “At one point, we had a question mark over his future." Speaking about Federer’s first round straight sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, Rasheed said, "He was pretty good, it wasn't like a wow moment.” "You're just looking for little things - what his movement patterns are and how quick are they? It showed me that Roger is really free, his body is in great condition, his mind os obviously there." ALSO READ Jim Courier: de Minaur is fearless at 18 .