Roger Federer returned to the Hopman Cup in 2017, representing Switzerland alongside Belinda Bencic and winning two titles in 2018 and 2019. This past year marked the latest edition of the famous team competition, and Federer didn't feel like the ATP Cup early on.
of 2020, skipping the inaugural ATP event and heading to Melbourne without matches on his legs. The Swiss faced Steve Johnson in his first meeting at the 21st Australian Open, and expectations of him were relatively low before the first clash of the season.
Unlike his main rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev, Roger took a different path and stayed at his home in Dubai. Fighting for the seventh Australian Open title and 16 years after the first, Roger admitted that he was in a difficult situation before facing the opponent who claimed a Challenger title just before Melbourne.
Still, the Swiss hoped to make the best start and get into the rhythm of victory ahead of more formidable opponents while taking one match at a time. Federer beat Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 81 minutes for a perfect start despite his concerns.
Placing 80% of the first serve, Roger fired ten aces and lost just 12 points on serve, dodging a solo break opportunity and increasing the pressure on the American who couldn't deal with it. Federer added 30 winners and 13 unforced errors, keeping everything under control with service and forehand and mixing his game very well.
Federer is currently recovering from his knee injury
In a recent interview with an Italian news channel, Roger Federer highlighted that he misses playing tennis on the traditional hard courts which were a lot slower. He mentioned that the US Open along with the ATP Finals offered some quite fast hard courts this year.
“I heard also the US Open was fast, I’m hearing the Tour Finals is fast, so I’m missing out,” said Federer in the interview. In the same interview, Federer disclosed that the new fast courts are all a part of the sport and will ultimately prove to be good for it.
“It’s all good, it’s part of the game, I’ve had a great career so far, and I’ve learned a lot on the slow courts. I’ve enjoyed playing on the fast courts as well. But, also clay is where I grew up, so no problem.
But it would have been nice to be in Turin instead of being in Switzerland right now, that’s for sure,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.