Roger Federer, who is seeded number two for the first slam of the year, will hope to repeat last year’s success. Federer, who had a 6 month lay-off at the latter end of 2016, came back to win the Australian open in spectacular fashion. He also went on to win four masters’ titles and another Wimbledon crown. However, the Swiss maestro says he is not expecting the same results this year around. Federer arrived at Perth for the Hopman cup at the midnight of Thursday earlier this week. The tournament website reported in their interview at the airport that the Swiss ace was not aiming high this season.
‘’It’s totally different this time around. I had a great off-season. I mean, I did have a good off season too last year but I just wasn’t sure what to expect. Now expectations are higher but at the same time I try to remind myself I just don‘t think it’s normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017”, said Federer.
Federer hopes that the Hopman cup will be the perfect preparation for the Australian open. “I’ve got to try and keep it cool. Try my best and see what happens but the preparation’s been good so far. We’ll see how things go”, Federer said. He also added, ‘‘it worked out perfectly this year, (winning) at the Australian Open. Of course, that’s a good omen. I hope that winning or losing the Hopman Cup is going to be good for me. Obviously looking ahead to Melbourne, I really hope that Hopman Cup’s going to give me everything I need here. I had a wonderful time (in 2017). I can’t wait to see all the fans again because they came out in big numbers and supported me.’
Federer began his Hopman cup campaign earlier today, against Japan’s Yuichi Sugita. The Swiss looked in prime form as he won the match in straight sets. He is also scheduled to play mixed doubles with his compatriot Belinda Bencic.