Roger Federer has surprise expectations for 2018 as he lands in Australia

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 28, 2017

"Obviously looking ahead to Melbourne, I really hope that Hopman Cup's going to give me everything I need here", Federer said of starting the season in Perth, where he and his 20-year-old partner will face Japan, Russia and the United States in group play. The 36-year-old landed in Perth on Thursday with his family and is expected to get on with his practice later in the day to acclimatise himself with the surroundings.

He beat Rafa Nadal in an epic final to win his fifth Australian Open crown and then clinched his eighth on the grass courts of southwest London to finish the year with seven titles and the world number two ranking.

Roger Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017 but the 19-time Grand Slam champion does not believe it is normal to try to achieve the same next year.

However, the Swiss ace is aware that expectations for 2018 would be peak high after the showing a year ago but has tried to calm things down by stating that he does not expect himself to achieve the same things he did in 2017. Preparations for the year ahead has been at an optimal level and Federer is looking forward to giving his best, irrespective of the result. "I love being in Australia and I'm excited to meet a quokka ... playing tennis with the kids on the beach and everything, it's just a great way to start the Australian summer of tennis", he said.

"I've got to try and keep it cool".

Roger Federer has surprise expectations for 2018 as he lands in Australia
Roger Federer has surprise expectations for 2018 as he lands in Australia

"We'll see how things go".

"It worked out perfectly this year, (winning) at the Australian Open".

"Of course, that's a good omen".

"I had a wonderful time [in 2017]".

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