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Ready for the 7. Melbourne-Fairy Tale

the Sunday before the Australian Open, the temperatures, scratching in the high summer in Melbourne at the 30-degree mark, today you should surpass this clear. The interview room in the media center at lunch time jam-Packed, "standing room only," says a Reporter. After the largest eddy has placed the resignation announcement of Andy Murray because of his hip problems, something that is now the main person of the last two years in focus: Roger Federer , sitting at the front of the table.

The Australian newspaper "the Sunday Age" is dedicated to the 37-Year-old the main picture on the front page, as well as two panorama pages in the middle of the sheet. She looks back to his fairy-tale victorious two years ago. "Rogers re-birth", is the title, and it's not even an exaggeration. "That was one of my three most important and beautiful victories," says Federer, a little later, as he looks back on the crazy Final against Rafael Nadal, the he despite 1:3 behind in 5. Set won. It was to be 18. Grand Slam titles, he now stands at 20, of which 6 are on the Yarra River.

at the Time, he came back from a six-month break and not even the slightest thought, to win in Melbourne a major title. This is now different. "It would be nice if I could get a Chance at the Cup," he says. However, although he was able to defend the title in 2018 and strong in Form, is not considered to be the 99-times winners of the tournament as a favorite: "in the light of the last six months is Djokovic. And I say this not just, the I really think."

"I'm absolutely ready"

Federer's situation, however, could hardly be better. "Physically and mentally I'm ready to go, and that's the Important thing." At the Hopman Cup, he defended the start of the year in addition to Belinda Bencic in the title, and the pre-season had gone according to schedule. "I have trained well and hard. Only on Saturday I took a break to before the first game of a little shut down." In today's startup game, he hits (from about 10.30 a.m. CET) on the 32-year-old Uzbek Denis Istomin (ATP 99), he in all of the previous six duels defeated, won in Melbourne, but two years ago against Djokovic his biggest victory. "I don't want to over-analyse the last couple of weeks and also not to far ahead, because that would be a mistake," says Federer. He directed Istomins victory over Djokovic, "I pursued almost the whole game, and I had also tough matches against him. Especially on fast surfaces he can be dangerous. However, I really think that I'm playing at the moment very well."

"He is a good person"

First of all, need to Express themselves but also Federer extensively to Andy Murray's announcement of resignation. "Unfortunately, it is his body that took the decision," he says. "Behind him, two hard years, and it is understandable that he has come to this decision." He thinks back to the charity match, in which he went to the Scots in November 2017 in Glasgow for the last Time: "It to him at the time, so bad that I was surprised he came at all." The last of their 25 official duels is over three years, in Cincinnati, Federer was pulling his 14. Victory. The withdrawal of the Scots and it is sad. "He is a good person, everybody likes him. I hope that he holds out at least until Wimbledon. But at some point, each player lost the Tennis, and he can be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved."

today's evening session in the 50. Birthday of the Australian Open, which was open in 1969, for the first time, the professionals. At the time, it still took place in Brisbane, before it was discharged two years in Sydney before it came to Melbourne, where it has since remained, and each year is further improved. Prior to Federer's match, Murray will play his opener against Roberto Bautista Agut in the second largest Arena (8 PM CET).

The Swiss will be interviewed on Sunday, then to the big changes in the Circuits. He makes it clear that he was now involved a lot less in the tennis policy than in the six years in which he was in command of the gamers Council President. But he is following developments closely and is careful not to striking in front of it, to criticize innovations. Also the Davis Cup, will be playing starting this year in a final tournament, he wins Positive and it is just that the competition in the future, not four, but only two weeks in the crowded calendar.

The ATP-Cup, which takes place from the beginning of 2020 in Sydney, Brisbane and a third Australian city for the first time, he gives already a lot of credit, although the team competition great Similarities with the Davis Cup-final and one of these occasions would probably suffice.

"A transitional phase"

"says The Tennis is experiencing interesting times – but I would not bad talk", Federer. "It is a transitional phase. We'll have to wait and the two occasions of the time." In his opinion, the Laver Cup, which takes place this year in Geneva, and from his own Initiative, originated, not with the two team events to compare. The duel between Europe and the Rest of the world endures only for three days and had been in the last two years a resounding success, he says. "And as long as it's true for the Fans and the players, it's okay. And from my point of view it is true. You should not judge everything negatively."

Concerning the future of the Hopman Cup is divided Federer. The decision on whether Perth will host a Station of the ATP-Cups or more, the Mixed competition, to only come in a few weeks. "I had explained, in Perth three great years with Belinda Bencic, and also with Martina (Hingis), and Mirka," he, "for me the tournament is the ideal start to the season. I'm also a Fan of women's tennis, like watching lots of women and also like to play Mixed doubles." Therefore, it would be sorry for him, should give way to the Hopman Cup and the ATP-Cup. "And he should be in a different place, no longer would he be anyway the Same."

Impressed by the Australian tournament scene is Federer all. "The Australians are in for a long time to organize their "Summer of Tennis", and tournaments in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne Super. They are innovative, I think it's good. It is scary, what is going on here." The ATP-Cup gave it under the name of the World Team Cup, also in Düsseldorf, and at that time he had disturbed nobody. "I just hope that Perth gets to see top tennis, and this is likely to happen." Whether he will then be, is another question.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 13.01.2019, 23:16 PM

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