Roger Federer had no problems ending the wonderful run of Bernard Tomic Saturday dismantling the 19-year-old in straight sets 64, 62, 62 at the Australian Open.
Federer will now play the dangerous Juan Martin Del Potro in what will mark Roger’s 1,000 career pro tennis match. After the win over Tomic, Federer reflected on the milestone.
“It’s been a lot of matches, and I remember some very vividly,” Federer said. “Some I’ve started to forget, which I guess is a good sign.
“I have had some tough losses over the years, but I’ve also had some of the most incredible feelings out there,” he added. “I never thought as a kid I would ever cry after I won matches, because I always used to cry after I lost every single match when I was sort of from 8 to basically 15.
“It was always emotional because I always tried my best, and whenever I lost for me it was tragic. So the first time I was able to sort of ‑‑ I cried after I have won a match, I was like, What the hell is happening to me? I can’t believe I care so much about this sport which I love so much. It came as a surprise.
“But then I had so much success and I could relive those memories. It was really nice, and that I’m still fit and healthy and eager to play and hungry. It’s great. Obviously for me it’s just another match, but I know it’s special in some ways. I will try to make the best of it, I guess.”
Federer also talked about the match with Del Potro, a rematch of their encounter in 2009 won by Federer 63, 60, 60.
“It’s nice is to see him back,” Federer said. “He’s a good guy. I’m looking forward to the match. I think it’s going to be a tough one. He really came through convincingly in the last two especially. And, yeah, we know the firepower. I played him in Cincinnati six months ago. It was super fast. It’s going to be different. We’ll have many more rallies, so for me, a chance to mix it up, but I have to stay aggressive myself, as well.”
A 5-time champion, Federer hasn’t lost a set so far at the Australian Open.
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