Things got serious there, but Roger Federer was up for all the challenges, beating Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian in the first Australian Open semi-final. With those points, Roger was left a victory to become number one in the world, against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the battle for the final.
All things aside, Federer delivered a reliable performance to defeat the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and a half, advance to the second Major final and join the exclusive roster of # 1 players. . It was his seventh meeting and the fourth win for Federer, who never lost serve and increased the pressure on the other side of the net.
Ferrero gave up his serve four times, doing his best in sets one and three, but ending his run in the semi-finals. Juan Carlos was a better player in the long exchanges, which was not enough to keep him safe. Federer was miles ahead in the shortest range up to four strokes, earning him the win in that segment.
When asked about a possible Grand Slam in his career, Federer said that he is too far from that, he has yet to win the Melbourne final and improve his results in Paris and New York. "Impossible to answer; I have no idea.
I was never close to winning Roland Garros or the US Open. But now that I played well at the Australian Open, I know I have a better chance in New York. Roland Garros gives me confidence, knowing that I played the final in Rome and won Hamburg and Munich."
Federer is known for his insights and analysis about tennis
Apart from his legendary playing style, Roger Federer is also known for his insights and analysis about tennis. To add onto to that, he shed some light on the new challenges in the sport and the means to overcome them.
During a Uniqlo’s ambassadors meet, Federer joined tennis wheelchair professionals Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid to discuss various aspects of the sport. Primarily, he revealed what will be the biggest challenge in the coming times.
“I don’t see a revolution per se. I just think players are going to get fitter and stronger,” Federer said. “And because of that, they are able to keep their level of play for longer. For us, I think it’s going to be the key how you stay injury-free for a long period of time, which is going to be the challenge.
But, I think with sport science and stuff like this, a lot of guys will find good ways. It’s interesting to see how many similarities we actually have (Tennis and wheelchair tennis),” the Swiss maestro concluded.