On the threshold of the first Grand Slam in 2020, Roger Federer has made interesting revelations about the preparation process, goals and advice for Ashleigh Barty – the world’s No. 1 female tennis player.
From January 20 to February 2, Roger Federer will compete at the first Australian Open – Grand Slam of the year. However, the preparation for the new season of the 38-year-old legend is unknown. While two rival rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began to “warm the machine” thanks to attending the ATP Cup, Federer chose to practice quietly in his home town of Switzerland. In fact, he hasn’t played any matches since November last year.
In an interview with a radio channel in Melbourne (Australia), Federer admitted Nadal and Djokovic were still the most difficult obstacles, but he was confident in his ability to take the 7th throne at the Australian Open, thereby leveling the century. Djokovic’s championship record:
Besides, Federer also took time to talk about Ashleigh Barty – the No. 1 female tennis player in the world. Starting playing professionally very early (2010) but until the 2019 season, the Australian tennis player’s name “covered” the women’s tennis village. She reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open at home, the fourth round of Wimbledon and the US Open, the highest peak was the championship of Roland Garros.
This title helped Barty become the first Australian to win the single category in clay Grand Slam since 1973 (Margaret Court), the first Australian to crown a single Grand Slam since 2011 (Samantha Stosur) ). After the Birmingham Classic in June, the 23-year-old officially rose to No. 1 WTA.
According to Federer, to maintain the current peak, Barty needs to make different decisions to help himself reach his full potential:
That’s what happened to me from winning my first title to reaching No. 1 in the world. After that, in my mind I always think ‘I’m born to conquer, I prefer to become the number 1 position of the challenger’.