After taking part in a fantastic 2014 season, world No. 2 Roger Federer will look to take it one step further in 2015 and successfully win his first Grand Slam title since 2012, and his 18th overall. The former champion will begin his fortnight in Melbourne against Yen-Hsun Lu, whom he has faced on two previous occasions on the tour. Federer leads the head to head series 2-0, including a win in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships.
On the heels of his historic 1000th professional win, Federer captured his 83rd title on the ATP World Tour, but it was not a straightforward match. He encountered Milos Raonic, and rallied back in the second set and forced a riveting decider between the two players. In that final set, Federer saved five break points while Raonic saved four before succumbing to Federer’s resilient pressure.
Federer, who now joins Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl as one of three men to reach that number, defeated Raonic 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in he final and was later joined by Rod Laver and Roy Emerson after the match to celebrate his achievement.
“It’s a special moment, no doubt about it,” said Federer. “I’ve played a lot of tennis over the years, so to get to 1000 wins tonight really means a lot to me. I’ll never forget this match.”
The 17-time Grand Slam champion will begin his campaign against Yen-Hsun Lu, who began his season in Chennai, where he reached the quarter-final stage of the event before losing to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. He followed that up with a second round exit against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Auckland – another Spaniard.
This marks the third time that Federer and Lu will meet on the professional tour, with the Swiss star leading the series 2-0. While their most recent match-up was well over two years ago, this is still undoubtedly Federer’s match to lose. He will likely be a heavy favourite and will live up to that marker.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets