Roger Federer issues warning to rivals at Australian Open, saying: ‘I have plenty left in the tank’
Roger Federer hopes the quick matches keep on coming at the Australian Open, so he can be as fresh as possible in the latter stages when the biggest tests arrive.
Federer has been in supreme form so far in Melbourne, winning his opening two matches in double-quick time without any real drain on his energy levels.
And that, he says, is something that can offer him an edge later in the tournament.
“I prefer this much more than [being] overcooked,” Federer told the press after his comfortable win over Filip Krajinovic on Wednesday.
“As easy as it looks, there’s always the effort, trying to extend the lead. Of course, it’s not quite the same stress level if you’re down a set or a break or two sets, whatever it may be.
“I prefer it this way because you have always extra left in the tank if you need it.”
Next up for Federer is a clash with John Millman, who beat him at the US Open two years ago – and he is certainly expecting a much tougher physical test against the durable Aussie.
“I think the next match is really going to be a test for me because John is going to be there,” Federer said. “He’s fit as a fiddle.
“I’ve lost to him in the past in a best-of-five set match. I almost lost to him in Brisbane, as well, the first time I played against him.
“He’s from this country, so naturally also it’s going to be different intensity. I think this is going to be a good test for me.”
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