Roger Federer gunning for a hat-trick of ‘crazy good’ seasons

Roger Federer playing tennis in Pinnacles Desert

The past two seasons have been pretty special for Roger Federer and the 20-time Grand Slam winner is hoping it will be no different in 2019.

Having been written off in 2016 after struggling with a knee injury, Federer stormed back in 2017 as he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

He successfully defended his title at Melbourne Park in 2018 while he also became the oldest world No 1 in March when he won the Rotterdam Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will once again kick off his season at the Hopman Cup in Perth and he is hoping the 2019 campaign will yield similar results to the two previous years.

“I hope that again it will be the start of a great season for me, because the last two seasons have been crazy good for me,” he said.

“I would never have imagined that kind of return. I’m just very happy things are going so well.

“The Hopman Cup is a good place for me to start the season with, and I’m hopeful that’s going to be the same again this year.”

He added: “I think with my age people know that if I did something extraordinary … that would be amazing,” Federer said.

“And if that didn’t happen, maybe it’s logical you can’t produce that tennis every year.

“You also maybe need a bit of luck, and the draw to fall your way. A lot of things need to happen to win any Slam, for also the top four guys.”

Federer is due to “take on” 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup when Switzerland face the United States on New Year’s Day in the mixed doubles.

Although he is excited about the prospect of facing the American, he knows they can’t get too far ahead of themselves.

“We’ll probably play it down a little bit and say it’s not that big of a deal for us, it’s just another tennis match, but it really isn’t because it’s probably going to happen once and never again,” he said.

“That’s why I hope we’re both going to be injury free when that day comes around.”

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