Tennis

When John McEnroe joked about Roger Federer’s age

Roger Federer turned 38 in 2019 and was still among the players to beat. The Swiss claimed his last Masters 1000 title that year and came within a point of beating Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. Roger kicked off the 2020 season at the Australian Open and reached the third round for the 21st time in Melbourne after two dominating wins!

It took the veteran an hour and 32 minutes to dismiss Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 and move into the last 32. Federer was thunderous from start to finish and left the Serb miles behind. The legend’s performance “caused” an impressed John McEnroe to double-check how old he was during an on-court interview.

It was another dominant performance from a six-time champion from Melbourne. He fired 42 game-winning shots and made 14 unforced errors to take the lead and earn his 99th victory in his record-breaking 21st campaign at Melbourne Park.

The Swiss gave up 19 points on serve, suffering a break in the second set and securing seven return games from 14 chances to race for the finish line.

Roger Federer beat Filip Krajinovic at the Australian Open 2021.

Roger flew onto the court in the first set, hitting 13 winners and four unforced errors and outscoring Krajinovic fairly.

Federer grabbed a break in the second game following an opponent’s backhand error and delivered another with a forehand winner at 3-0. The Swiss built a 5-0 lead thanks to a forehand winner after just 15 minutes!

Serving for the set at 5-1, Federer fired four game winners to close out the opener in 20 minutes, looking strong and determined to surge to the top in no time. With momentum on his side, Roger forced Filip’s error early in the second set to grab an instant break.

The Swiss squandered more chances at 3-1 and allowed the Serb to recover the break at 3-4 after a forced error. Staying focused, Federer earned another break a few minutes later after Krajinovic’s terrible mistake at the net.

Roger took the set home in the next one and pulled away a set from victory after 59 minutes. Filip started the third set with a double fault and gave a break to Roger, who grabbed more return games at 3-1 and 5-1 to cross the finish line and enter the last 32.

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