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Roger Federer: 'I hope to have another magical run at the Australian Open'

Roger Federer: 'I hope to have another magical run at the Australian Open'

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by Gatto Luigi

Celebrating the presentation of the 2018 Australian Open that will be played from 15th to 28th January, Roger Federer recalled his 2017 win over Rafael Nadal in an unbelievable five-setter. It was Federer's first official tournament since the six-month break, and he had not expected such a fairytale return.

'I didn't see it coming this way, I thought maybe that if the stars aligned, that I would make quarters or semis and maybe beat one or two top-10 players. That's what I thought I had in me,' the Swiss admitted. 'I was hoping that maybe down the stretch in the season, starting Wimbledon or US Open, that's when I was gonna be 100%.

But before that I just knew I needed time. So winning the Australian Open was a surprise.' He still celebrates this success: 'When I am home sometimes and I drink champagne with my family or friends, we are like "this is for Australian Open".

We're still joking about it, because that's a crazy moment in my life. We couldn't believe. Being down 1-3 with Rafa, it was disbelief. It was like surreal.' And he will play next year as well, hoping to win his 20th Grand Slam title: 'I hope it's gonna be just another dream magical run in Melbourne and just enjoy the atmosphere and play for the people.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer is favourite on this kind of surfaces' .

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