Roger Federer reached the fourth round of the Australian Tennis Open by beating Grigor Dimitrov and said that there are more professional tennis players than ever before. The 17-time Grand Slam champion feels that young players have to be patient, it’s harder to reach top, and talent can only take you so far.
He said in an interview that he made lots of mistakes and it wasn’t until he was 21 that he won his first major, capturing the 2003 Wimbledon title. Federer also shared that you got to work hard, currently there is more professional players than ever before. The depth is greater, players need to be patient it is not that easy to win slams at 16 unless the player is out of this world.
Roger Federer ascended into rarefied terrain on Friday and enjoyed a victory over 27th ranked Grigor Dimitrove at the Australian Open. Sealing his 300th Grand Slam match win of his career he became the first man to reach this milestone.
At age 34, Roger Federer is the oldest man to reach round 16 at the Australian Open since Andre Agassi who played his way into the quarterfinals in 2005. Federer is looking to become the third man to win five Australian Open singles, Roy Emerson won six, Novak Djokovic won five, having won the title in 2004, 2006, 2007 and again in 2010.
Federer said he could have been tougher when he was younger, but he guesses that is how it needed to be. He needed to make mistakes to become the player he is today, he would do it the same way, with minor adjustments along the way. Federer will face David Goffin ranked number 15 next.