When the draw for the Australian Open was made public, a spicy 3rd round encounter between Berdych and Roger Federer was spoken about in abundance. Two players who know each other in and out, both trying to return to their hay days, and both continuously trying to prove those ‘age critics’ wrong.
On Friday night when the two took centre stage, everyone expected an epic five setter, or at least a closely contested match. Little did we know that the Federer of the old was supposed to make an appearance on the Rod Laver Arena tonight!
Exquisite shot making, deft volleys and strong serves; tonight was all about the genius of Roger Federer. He absolutely crushed Berdych in straight sets and sent out a strong statement about his chances at this years Australian Open. We all knew that he had it, but to witness it on court tonight was something very special.
This is how Twitter reacted to the genius of the man.
"Have you ever seen anyone in the history of tennis who makes it look so effortless?" – John McEnroe on ESPN2 on Roger Federer #AusOpen
— Roger Federer Book (@FedererBook) January 20, 2017
"I like my ice cream and I like my chocolate… I like treats. And I don't feel bad about it." –Roger #Federer/the little kid IN ALL OF US
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) January 20, 2017
— Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) January 20, 2017
— Nick Bollettieri (@NickBollettieri) January 20, 2017
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) January 20, 2017
— Bob Loblaw (@555ft) January 20, 2017
— FedFan (@FedererFan07) January 20, 2017
Federer vs. Nadal final then, yeah?
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) January 20, 2017