Roger Federer got off to a winning start with his new coach Ivan Ljubicic, beating Tobias Kamke 6-2, 6-1 in the second round in Brisbane. The defending champion looked good on the court, dominating both serving and returning to seal the deal in no time and advance to the quarters.
After the match, Federer said that he was satisfied with his performance and the work he and Ljubicic did during the preseason, setting high goals that year. “It was a great feeling, especially with the memories of last year when I scored my 1000th win in the final.
I am happy to be back in Brisbane. I didn't expect to play that well today, and I want to thank the fans for coming. I want to be injury free and enjoy my time on the court. Also, I will do my best to win a Major this year.
I had known for quite some time that Stefan Edberg would not work with me after 2015, and I had enough time to take the next step. Severin, my coach, has been with me for eight years; he is also the longtime captain of Switzerland in the Davis Cup.
Still, I feel like it's always nice to have someone else. I always thought a lot about Iván, we have faced each other many times and he was happy that he was available at the end of the year. So I called him up and said, 'Shall we try?' He was very excited.
We look forward to the year and this is our first win together; it's a great start. I think it's a tough draw to have Grigor in the quarterfinals, or essentially my second round."
Guy Forget discusses Roger Federer's chance in Paris
Guy Forget, the tournament director of Roland Garros, recently gave his thoughts on Roger Federer's achievements at the claycourt Slam in the Rafael Nadal era.
Forget believes Federer would've been immensely successful at Roland Garros in Nadal's absence, and might have even won 5 or 6 titles there. "That Roger Federer comes to play Roland Garros seems logical to me," Forget said.
"This will allow him to play, and especially to test himself. Clay is a living surface that requires you to be precise in your investments. The better Federer is at Roland Garros, the better he will be at Wimbledon. If Rafael Nadal had not existed Federer would have had at least 5 or 6 titles at Roland Garros, I am convinced of it," Forget said.