‘I felt good,’ says Roger Federer after notching up win No 98 at Australian Open

Roger Federer waving

Roger Federer is two victories away from a century of match wins at the Australian Open after he comfortably beat Steve Johnson in his 2020 opener.

Gunning for a seventh title at Melbourne Park, Federer didn’t really have to hit top gear at Rod Laver Arena against the American as he won 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in under one hour and 30 minutes.

Play was suspended for 10 minutes in the opening set, but that didn’t slow the Federer juggernaut down.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner broke in game two of the first set and then eased to a one-set lead while it was a similar story in the second set as he raced into a 4-0 lead before two more breaks in the third handed him the win.

The Swiss will face either Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito or Indian lucky loser Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the second round.

“I felt really good. I trained really hard, like I always do, and happy I did not have any (injury) setbacks (in the off-season),” the 38-year-old third seed said.

“I am happy, I played well in practice and happy it showed on the court as well.”

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