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I thought: Oh, God, oh dear

His tournament victories 5 and 6 at the Australian Open, won by Roger Federer with balls brand Wilson. These have now been abandoned, used 2019, a Dunlop product, and this is already brought fierce criticism. John Millman, Federer's conqueror in the last US Open, described it as "Sch...". You were dead, especially at cool temperatures, it could generate no pressure.

After the surprisingly difficult 7:6, 7:6, 6:3 against Britain's Dan Evans – his 16. Victory in series of this tournament will also be asked Federer for the topic. "Minor adjustments are necessary," he says in English. "The new balls to take a Spin less than the old, especially if it is cool." Compared To is Federer, but then more clearly: "it's Logical that I would rather play with the old balls, after I've won the last two years here," he says. "When I heard that they are no longer used, I thought: Oh, God, oh, my."

Better flat than playing with a Twist

in the Meantime, he has arranged with the new balls. These were also used in Perth at the Hopman Cup. "I played there immediately on well with them, and here in Melbourne so far." The difference is that you can get with these balls more, if you play shallow and rapid as with a lot of Slice or Topspin. "You have to play more like in Shanghai." There, he brought in two of his last four Starts with the title. The conditions at the Australian Open have changed over the years.

still, on a Rebound Ace surface was played, the balls in all directions, promise, recalls Federer, "especially if it was hot". For him, the ball should hardly bring disadvantages, he is a master of the quick game. What he noticed but at the balls: they use relatively quickly, Usseln and be bigger and slower. "If you exchange a lot of long ball, you will slow down over time, especially in the evening. And eventually you think: How many good balls, I have to beat still so I win a point?"

At the time of his third victory against the qualifier is Evans, after a one-year lock (cocaine), only the number 189, was Federer gebreakt for the first time this year, as he hit at 5:4 to win the second set. "I knew that he could be dangerous. In my eyes, Evans is still a Top-100 player, he can also return to the Top 50," said Federer. He games varied and offensive, "it was as if I would play against my mirror image", overdid it.

he had Won, because he open better and with a little more self-confidence in the game was gone. "I had to work hard, there were a lot of intense rallies. It was a kind of cat-and-mouse game, a bit like chess", he had enjoyed the game. The defending champion in Melbourne in the 20. Start at the 20. The sixteenth-finals reached. Too many energies, he should have not consumed, especially as it was this afternoon, rather cool (22 degrees), cloudy and quite windy. Next opponent on Friday, the American Taylor Fritz, the Frenchman Gaël Monfils, of low rank. The 21-year-old Californians (ATP 50) is a totally different type of player than Evans, and operates mainly from the baseline and trying to make pressure. So far the only encounter won Federer in 2016 in Stuttgart on grass 6:4, 5:7, 6:4. (

Created: 16.01.2019, 07:57 PM

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