After a convincing first-round win at the 2020 Australian Open, against Steve Johnson, Roger Federer was interviewed on the court by Jim Courier: “I'm very happy. It's nice to be back here in Australia. Sorry, I missed the ATP Cup, it looked fun on TV.
Steve (Johnson) told me I looked very rusty in the first round. I was like ha no, not really, I felt really good. It was a really good first round for me,” the 20-Grand Slam champion said. Courier then asked Federer what he did before heading to the Australian Open: “I trained really hard in the offseason, obviously needed some vacation too, toured South America a little bit at the end of the season which was so much fun, incredible people over there, great crowds and atmosphere.
Then I needed a rest and I trained really hard like I always do, I’m just happy I had no setbacks, almost like every offseason I never have setbacks, that sets you up really nicely for the season, regardless of how it goes here you know you have that block in you and I'm happy I played well, felt good in practice, so I'm happy it showed on the court as well”.
Following his 6-3 6-2 6-2 win against Johnson, the 38-year-old prevailed over Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-4 6-1 in the second round. Federer will next face John Millman, the man who created the surprise at the 2018 US Open, beating the Basel native in four sets.