The plays have made it known that the courts this year in Australia are playing faster than they have in the past. And one would think that would suit a 7-time Wimbledon champion like Roger Federer, but the Swiss doesn’t 100% agree.
“Obviously the margins are smaller on a quicker court,” Federer said on Friday. “Because let’s say the first game I do get broken because he hits a few good shots and maybe I serve one, maybe two maximum serves not perfect, you’re right away in trouble, which on a slower court is not going to happen that quickly. So I feel probably a bit more confident on a slower court against a normal player. Against top guys, they can also play very well on the faster courts as well.”
After a 3-set win over Jeremy Chardy, Federer advanced today to the Brisbane final where he’ll meet longtime rival and fellow 32-year-old Lleyton Hewitt in a resumption of a rivalry that dates back to 1999! (Federer leads 18-8)
“I don’t play many guys who are older than me or my age,” said Federer. “Even though there are quite a few guys around who are hanging on. I think we’re both really looking forward to it.
“My rivalry with him was pretty intense – never nasty or anything, but just good matches. We’re total opposite from one another the way we play. I play with the one‑handed backhand. He plays his double‑handed. His attitude on court is totally different to mine. I think that’s why it’s always an interesting match-up for both of us.”
Federer, who list in the doubles semifinals, is seeking his first title since Halle in June. Hewitt’s last title also came in Halle in 2010.
“You want to play against the best players, and obviously Roger and I have a good history and a lot of tough matches in the past in [Grand] Slams and Davis Cups and everything,” said Hewitt after beating Kei Nishikori. “He’s been great obviously for this tournament and ticket sales and promoting tennis in Australia again. I’m going to enjoy it.”
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