At 38, Roger Federer was still among the players to beat in early 2020. Federer advanced to the third round of the Australian Open after so many trips to Oceania, scoring two dominant victories to place himself in the last 32.
In the second round it took Roger an hour and 32 minutes to fire Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, thundering from start to finish to leave the Serbian far behind and "force" an impressed John McEnroe to say again.
"How old is he?", During an on-court interview. It was another dominating performance from the six-time Melbourne champion, adding 42 winners and making 14 unforced errors to take the lead and claim the 99th win in the record 21st season at Melbourne Park.
The Swiss yielded 19 points on serve, suffered a break in the second set and secured seven of 14 chances on return to run to the finish line. In the first set, Roger flew onto the court, hitting 13 winners and four unforced errors to get past Krajinovic in a fair and orderly fashion and make the best possible start.
After the Serb's backhand error, Federer took a break in the second game and delivered another with a 3-0 forehand winner. The Swiss got a 5-0 lead thanks to a forehand winner after just 15 minutes! Serving for the set at 5-1, Federer lashed out at four winners to close out the first set in 20 minutes, looking strong and determined to move over in no time.
With momentum on his side, Roger forced Filip's mistake early in the second set to take an instant break, wasting more chances at 3-1 and allowing the Serb to regain the break at 3-4 after a forced error.
Federer was served by Hurkacz at Wimbledon
Roger Federer has given his fans plenty of incredible memories over the past two decades.
But one that they will be keen to forget is that of the bagel he was served by Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon earlier this year. "I already felt in Halle against Felix-Auger Aliassime that my Wimbledon would not be what I had hoped for.
Even though I didn't know the nature of my injury, I would be restricted," Federer said. Federer compared the importance of Wimbledon in his calendar to that of Roland Garros for fellow 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal.
He pointed out that it was only natural to put all his problems aside in order to focus on doing well at Wimbledon. "But when you're aiming everything towards one tournament - as probably Rafa is at Roland Garros - it's normal to put the problems aside and give it your all. In addition, you always hope for a miracle. There is always a small chance," Federer explained.