Roger Federer breezed his way into the Brisbane International semifinals Friday night, as it was one way traffic from start to finish against Marinko Matosevic. The Swiss maestro, who already appeared quite comfortable with his new racquet in his first match, swung freely and offensively off both wings. He served seven aces in the first set alone. With the match never in doubt, Federer was opening up his game; a forehand slice disguised as a drop shot; a backhand down the line taking command of the point.
Needing only 57 minutes, a 6-1 6-1 victory takes the 17-time grand slam champion one step closer to his first title of 2014.
Federer will face Jeremy Chardy in Saturday’s semifinals, and in doubles, Federer and Mahut will take on #4 seeds Juan Cabal and Robert Farah. Both matches are scheduled for 3pm and 4pm respectively, with a time change likely after rest, for doubles.
Highlights and Press Conference (via Brisbane International YouTube Channel).
Federer Breezes Past Matosevic in Brisbane
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.