His expectations are low, the record-breaking grand slam winner said in melbourne: "I have to prove myself first."Unlike world number one rafael nadal of spain and defending champion novak djokovic of serbia, the 38-year-old enters the first grand slam tournament of the year without match experience.
Federer played his last tournament to date in november, when he was eliminated in the semifinals at the ATP finals in london. At the australian open, which starts on monday, the swiss player will first have to face steve johnson from the u.S.
Federer and nadal not too worried about possible consequences for australian open due to bushfire. Qualifying games for the first grand slam tournament of the year had been affected by bad air quality in the past days. "The rules are clear. I have the feeling that I have enough information and that I will not take too big a risk when I play," said federer .
After criticism, tournament director craig tiley had presented a mabnahmenkatalog and announced that measurements will be carried out directly on the course. If certain thresholds are exceeded, the parties will be interrupted or continued under a closed roof. "I’m here to play," said nadal.
Federer also emphasized that climate protection is one of several important issues for him. Recently, federer also came under criticism from climate activists.
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