Coach Severin Luthi says it appears that the conditions at Melbourne Park are slower than last year but insists it shouldn't be a problem for Roger Federer as the Swiss "can adapt fast" to it. Federer, seeded at No.
3, performed well in his first match of the season as he saw off American Steve Johnson 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the Australian Open first round. "Last year they changed the balls, now the surface. It's even a bit slower than last year," Luthi told Rene Stauffer of Tages-Anzeiger.
"But we dont know yet how it will change over the days, having said this, the slower conditions dont need to be a disadvantage for Roger due to his experience, he can adapt fast." The lack of matches played prior to the Australian Open wasn't a factor as Federer claimed five breaks throughout the match against Johnson.
The 38-year-old put up a great serving display as he faced only one break point throughout the match and saved it. The Swiss plays next against the winner of the match between Filip Krajinovic and Quentin Halys.