Looking fresh, looking sharp. Roger Federer stepped onto Pat Rafter Arena for the first time Tuesday night in Brisbane, partnering with Nicholas Mahut to take on top seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. In an entertaining and tight match going nearly two tiebreaks, it was Federer and Mahut who prevailed, 7-5 7-6 (5), in 1 hour 33 minutes. The match was also the first for the Swiss maestro with his new 2014 prototype racquet, which he appeared comfortable with in every aspect of his game.
Federer and Mahut will face the winner between Chardy/Dimitrov vs Fleming/Hutchins in the Brisbane International quarterfinals.
Highlights and Full Match Video (via Brisbane International YouTube Channel).
The Swiss maestro was been busy this off season, both on court with training and off court with business matters. Catch up on the latest news and updates.
The Swiss star is making his first appearance at the Brisbane International. See the full draw here. Following that and leading into the Australian Open, Federer will take part in an exhibition match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, “A Night with Roger Federer and Friends,” to be held at Rod Laver Arena on January 8.
In earlier news, the Swiss star and agent Tony Godsick formally created their new agency, Team8.