Skipping the ATP Cup and arriving in Melbourne early, Roger Federer has been preparing for the 21st Australian Open, entering the draw as the third seed behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Swiss veteran is still capable of delivering incredible tennis, winning four ATP titles in 2019 and battling for the Masters 1000 crowns and Major success, pushed by Rafa and Novak who shared all four most significant tournaments in the season behind us.
Roger will try to get back on the winning way at the Australian Open, seeking the seventh title down under and the third in the last four years, passing age and other obstacles to lifting trophies in 2017 and 2018. Finishing the year in the top-3, just like they did back in 2007, Roger, Novak and Rafa are the main favorites for the Australian Open title, in front of younger challengers like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem who played on a high level in 2019 and scored wins over great rivals.
Speaking about his chances ahead of the tournament, Roger highlighted the fact that he shouldn't be among the favorites at his age, together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are both in their 30s as well. Still, Roger said they should all be proud of what they achieved in the last 15 years or so, still standing at the top of men's tennis and defending the throne ahead of younger opponents.
"I'm also aware I shouldn't be the favorite at the age of 38, it should be somebody else, probably in their 20s," said Federer. "Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and I are still among the players to beat, which is great, at least for us.
Everybody has their career; Rafa has done it his way, Novak and Andy as well. In the end, I think we can look back and be proud of what we achieved."