The Swiss, Roger Federer who had not played any games for more than two months, returns with a win (6-3, 6-2 and 6-2) against Johnson. Djokovic reduces Struff and Badosa opens his locker in the big.
No matter what, how, when and where. There is no limit that has not crossed. It matters little that Roger Federer has thrown himself more than two months without playing an official game or that he has arrived in Melbourne with “low expectations”, as he says, because the Swiss has a magic wand that transforms everything into gold.
It is not normal for Federer, whose ability to reappear is worthy of study. This Monday he returned after 67 days of absence, since he lost in the semifinals of the Masters Cup, and in 1h 21m (6-3, 6-2 and 6-2) liquidated the American Steve Johnson as if time did not pass and his tennis was valid until eternity, as if instead of having been balling halfway in Dubai, his place of residence, he had been preparing on the courts like the rest of the mortals. No, sportingly he is not.
Just over an hour, his preseason lasted. With 11 aces, 34 winning strokes and 23 punctures in the net he resolved his long start in the great Australian, when it had already begun to rain in Melbourne. Umbrellas, raincoats, flooded tracks; interruptions, delays, suspensions in the outer tracks and program to the virulé. Holy water, after all. The Australian atmosphere is still being cleaned, the whole world celebrates it and the organizers sigh of relief, to whom the weather is throwing a good cape in recent days.
“I have not played games in many, many weeks, while 95% of the players have done so, so the first three rounds are key for me,” said the Basel, the player who has more times (21) has played the Australian major, ahead of the local Lleyton Hewitt. I must remain calm and go round by round, point by point, ”continued Federer, a 38-year-old genius who has won four greats over thirty, the last one, precisely, in Melbourne two years ago. Now, after the supersonic adaptation awaits the winner of the duel between Filip Krajinovic and Quentyn Halys.
“I do not know. I am not an artist, nor a musician … I think that the key is to learn quickly, quickly understand what they have told you and choose those things that bring you. And then apply them, ”he replied when asked what the recipe for his success is. “Know how to train hard, when to train hard, with whom to train hard… And learn from your mistakes. That is key, because losing is a unique opportunity to learn, ”said the Basel, who aspires in 2020 to become the longest-running champion of a major, honor that Australian Ken Rosewall still has (37 years and two months) .
Paula Badosa demolishes the wall
She opened fire and the day also offered an even more meteoric debut, that of Serena Williams. The American, who last week won her first trophy in three years in Auckland and goes on the hunt for the Margaret Court record – leading the story with 24 majors – beat Anastasia Potatova in 58 minutes (6-0 and 6 -3). Later, the young Coco Gauff (15 years old) again knocked down Venus Williams (7-6 and 6-3), which she defeated last year in the Wimbledon grass. And before, in the morning session, the Spanish Paula Badosa achieved her first victory in a Grand Slam, by beating 6-1 and 6-0 to the Swedish Johanna Larsson.
The Spanish, 22, beat a veteran who ranks 39th in the ranking. “It’s super special, because I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Last year I could not pass this barrier and in this I have become very good. I had a very, very good game, ”he said to the special envoys. “She has a lot of level and has played many games in the Grand Slams, but I have focused very well and it has worked out as we had planned,” said Badosa, quoted with Petra Kvitova. At the close of the day, Novak Djokovic signed his 900 victory (7-6, 6-2, 2-6 and 6-1 to Jan-Lennard Struff) and will be seen with the Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran or Tatsuma Ito.
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