Roger Federer’s journey to the finals was not an easy one. He faced many difficulties along the way but with his everlasting endurance, he finally made it to where he is now. Follow his journey here.
Prior to the start of the Australian Open, many pondered one question: Where would Federer be in the draw? Many fans were dismayed when they learned he was in a slot that contained three top 10 players. One of these players was world no.1 Andy Murray. And just returning from an injury-break, most fans were anticipating Federer’s first match to hopefully go smoothly.
Round of 128
Roger’s first match was against Jurgen Melzer, a qualifier of the Australian Open. His first match went relatively smoothly, with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over the Austrian.
Round of 64
His next match was a classical Novice vs. Veteran with Federer playing against young American prodigy Noah Rubin. However, it seemed as if experience overcame young talent with Federer beating Rubin in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 to advance.
Round of 32
His third round match was the most anticipated at that point. This was his first top 10 opponent since his injury leave. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic had lost to him last year in the Quarters of the Australian and Federer wasn’t just about to give his win-streak up. The two battled but Roger showed why he was no.1 in the world for 302 weeks by beating him 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Round of 16
After beating one top 10 opponent, he was faced with another. His next opponent was none other than superstar Japanese player, Kei Nishikori. The two battled back and forth with both refusing to relent to their opponent. However, with a miraculous performance in the fifth set, Roger finally overcame Kei and secured himself a spot in the Quarterfinals with a final score of 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Many thought that Roger would play no.1 Andy Murray but what he got instead was Mischa Zverev who had overcome Murray in a five-setter. The two were both attackers of unparalleled aspects but Federer showed why he was known as a Maestro to his fans. In the end, he took out the German with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 score.
His next foe was a close friend but a dangerous opponent. The Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka stood in Federer’s way and the only way for Federer to get past was to beat him. But beat him Federer though it was no easy victory. Federer quickly came out with two sets himself but Wawrinka fought back and put two sets under his own belt. With both fighting for the fifth and final set, Federer got the break point he needed and went to close the match 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.
His next match will be against another close friend, Rafael Nadal himself. The two have gone against each other 34 times and this will be their 35th “fedal” match. But the winner is yet to be decided.