Former No. 1s Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt kicked off the Australian Open festivities with a Fast4 promo hit at the historic Sydney Harbor.
The Fast4 format makes tennis quicker by playing no-ad, no lets and a tiebreaker at 3-all.
Federer beat Hewitt 4-3 (5-3), 2-4, 3-4 (3-5), 4-0, 4-2 in 90 minutes.
“Clearly it’s an idea to cut it down because you can go into the match knowing the maximum length is going to be an hour and 45 minutes, it seems like,” Federer said. “That mentally is just good to know. You don’t have to pack seven shirts, you only have to string a certain amount of racquets … it’s a more controlled environment. That could possibly keep guys in the game a little bit longer. I still believe in the future we’ll see plenty of five set matches because at the end of the day, you have to be able to back that up time and time again to play at the top level.”
The Sydney Harbor promo:
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