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.
“It gave us an opportunity to get together and get behind the country that so much needs it,” @rogerfederer spoke about the #RallyforRelief event after his 1R win. 💞#AusOpen | #AO2020 pic.twitter.com/H3Jv6OlFUY
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2020
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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