One of the biggest coaching names in the tennis circuit – Roger Rasheed recently spoke about a new and improved Roger Federer in 2018.
Coming to Melbourne as the defending champion, Federer has lifted the Australian Open 5 times and is looking to tie Novak Djokovic as the joint leader with 6.
"It's a real different Roger Federer this year because if you rewind it, the emotions of coming out last year - he hasn't played for six months, (wondering) 'how my body will react?" Rasheed said.
He further added, "All of a sudden, it's twelve months later and you're now defending champion. "It's an amazing journey over such a short period of time.”
“At one point, we had a question mark over his future."
Speaking about Federer’s first round straight sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, Rasheed said, "He was pretty good, it wasn't like a wow moment.”
"You're just looking for little things - what his movement patterns are and how quick are they? It showed me that Roger is really free, his body is in great condition, his mind os obviously there."