At Australian Open, Roger Federer Rolls in the First Round
Roger Federer may be 36 years old but if you watched him play in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open, you’d have never guessed it. Federer continues to defy the rules on aging in tennis, cruising to an easy 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. The final score doesn’t do the match justice, as Federer was surgical with his hits down the line. Bedene actually played very well considering he was playing perhaps the greatest player in his generation.
Forehands, backhands, slap shots, cross court, down the line. There was no weakness in Federer’s first round match, and it took all over one hour and 39 minutes. This is exactly the type of early matches that Federer needs if he hopes to contend for the title in this year’s Aussie Open. He may seem immortal but it is quick, easy matches early on in tournaments that allows his aging body to avoid wear and tear, and save it for those final matches. Watching Federer work was a treat to the fans, some of who realize that this may be the last time they get to watch him play. 17 years after playing in his first Australian Open, Roger Federer knows not to take any match for granted.