Roger Federer made a recent admission revealing that he was not at 100% strength ahead of his campaign at this year’s Australian Open. Earlier this month while competing in the Brisbane International the Swiss champion was diagnosed to be suffering from a virus similar to flu, which in all probability contributed to a result that saw him taste defeat at the hands of Canadian Milos Raonic in the final round.
Federer reported that he felt fine after a quick initial recuperation from his illness, but said he might not be at 100% strength by the time the first round of the Grand Slam at Melbourne Park has him running around the Australian courts again. He said he was okay and that he had trained the previous two day days, where after a rest day would follow because he did not yet feel well enough for the start of this important tournament. He went on by saying that his health was the most important aspect and that he felt a slight improvement but was not at full strength at the time.
The Swiss champ made an additional revelation where he confessed that he had plans to finally defeat Novak Djokovic after he had failed to accomplish doing so in the previous two tournaments they both had entered. Despite the fact that he had accrued 17 Grand Slam titles to his name, Federer was successful in defeating Djokovic only once, at Cincinnati’s Masters during the 2015 tennis season.
The number one ranked Serb later responded in kind by defeating the graceful Swiss resident in three of the following tournaments that included Wimbledon, US Open, and then again in a recent matchup at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
In what would possibly have been one of the ideal Australian Open innings, fans would have loved to see Djokovic and Federer meet in the finals, but these dreams have been waylaid by an obstinate seeding system.
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