Roger Federer teamed up with Nicolas Mahut of France to beat the Number 1 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania 7-5, 7-6 at the first round of the doubles tournament at Brisbane. Here are the match statistics –
One cannot read too much into Federer’s form from a doubles’ match, but a win is a solid start to a new season. After the disappointment in 2013, getting matches under the belt is a priority for Roger, and any win is a morale-booster. Judging by what the Twitter-universe has to say, Federer seems to be in good touch, and his racquet is feeling like a friend. From the statistics, it seems like a tight match with the second set going to a tiebreak, and the first set being won by a single break. Federer-Mahut were down a break in the first set, but quickly recovered to beat the top seeded pair of Rojer-Tecau. Morale-boosting victory, indeed!
Federer starts his Singles tournament on Wednesday, when he will play World No. 39 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. The Swiss boasts a 13 – 0 record over the Finn, and should face little problem in getting through the match. That being said, however, it will be interesting to see how his new racquet holds up in match conditions, and where his game level is at. Here’s wishing the best for Roger!
You can catch the match highlights here:
The pick up at 0:47 was surreal.