Sport Gilbert: Amazing Federer is clear Australian Open favourite

16:55  13 january  2018
16:55  13 january  2018 Source:   Omnisport

Federer-Bencic win Hopman Cup

  Federer-Bencic win Hopman Cup Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland won the Hopman Cup on Saturday. The pair defeated Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3(3) 4-2 in the decisive match of the final.Federer recovered from a set down to beat Zverev 6-7 6-0 6-2 in the opener, giving Switzerland the lead, but Germany drew level when Kerber beat Bencic 6-4 6-1.Federer first lifted the Hopman Cup in 2001, partnered with Martina Hingis."It's amazing," Federer said. "My week with Martina Hingis at the time is a little like what it must be like for Belinda. I didn't know then what my career was going to be like.

Interesting Amazing Facts About Human And Human’s Body. (Reuters) – Roger Federer is the “ clear favorite ” to retain his Australian Open name over an injury-riddled box when the primary grand slam of the season begins subsequent week in Melbourne, tennis analysts mentioned on Wednesday.

MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer is the “ clear favourite ” to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first grand slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne, tennis analysts said on Wednesday.

Federercropped: Australian Open champion Roger Federer © Provided by Omnisport Australian Open champion Roger Federer

Brad Gilbert sees Roger Federer as a clear favourite to win the Australian Open and said he can only "marvel at the greatness" of the 19-time grand slam champion.

Federer ended a five-year wait for an 18th major title at Melbourne Park last year, beating old foe Rafael Nadal in an epic final.

The Swiss icon went on to claim an eighth Wimbledon title in July, age proving to be no barrier for the world number two.

Gilbert, who has worked with the likes of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray in a successful coaching career, would not be surprised to see the 36-year-old defend his title in the first grand slam of the year.

'It's great to be the defending champion': Roger Federer 'ready' for 2018 Australian Open

  'It's great to be the defending champion': Roger Federer 'ready' for 2018 Australian Open 19-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is ready to defend his Australian Open title following his first triumph of 2018 at the Hopman Cup in Perth.Playing alongside Belinda Bencic, the Swiss duo defeated Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the mixed doubles decider on Saturday (6 January).

(Reuters) – Roger Federer is the “ clear favorite ” to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first grand slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne, tennis analysts said on Wednesday.

(Reuters) - Roger Federer is the " clear favorite " to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first grand slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne, tennis analysts said on Wednesday.

The American told Omnisport: "It will be interesting to see how Novak [Djokovic] goes after what has been a very concerning injury and Rafa [Nadal] obviously had an amazing 2017, but Roger would be my clear favourite.

"Having seem him in action at the Hopman Cup, he was looking great.

"He is just amazing at the age of 36. Before the last couple of years he had never had time off, which is just incredible.

"He is a very young 36 and you just marvel at the greatness of such an icon. He is like a corporation with the way he plans his schedule, he is an amazing guy."

Federer will be up against Aljaz Bedene in the first round on Tuesday.

- Gilbert will be working in his role as an ESPN analyst at the Australian Open.

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Andy Murray will find it very difficult to return to the peak of his powers after hip surgery, his former coach Brad Gilbert said.Brad Gilbert says it will be a "big challenge" for Andy Murray to get back to his best after undergoing surgery to resolve a "very concerning" hip injury.

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