Unsurprisingly, his intensity rarely dropped, and Nadal cruised into a 5-0 lead in the second set. No matter, Federer still found a way to triumph despite his last official tournament prior to that coming at 2016 Wimbledon. It was more of a "let's see what happens" kind of tournament, maybe similar to what Novak or Stan (Wawrinka) or others are going through this year.
The powerful start to the Australian Open shows he remains a force to be reckoned with, despite this being the first time he arrived in Melbourne without having played a single competitive match in the season. Nadal, who has won a Grand Slam title 16 times, has been the least successful in Melbourne. "But I feel good", said the 31-year-old, who played his first Australian Open in 2004.
"I'm not at 100 per cent, but you never know in a week's time what's going to be happening".
If gave the Australian Open a throwback feel last year with his straight-out-of-the-mid-2000s final against Roger Federer, he's completed the retro effect this year with a return to his sartorial roots - a sleeveless T-shirt.
Federer is returning to where he lit the fuse on his late-life tennis renaissance this time previous year, beating Tomas Berdych, Nishikori, Mischa Zverev and Wawrinka before downing great rival Nadal in a five-set final classic. "That's why I see things more relaxed, you know, at a later stage of my career".
The No 1-ranking changed seven times in 2017, with five different women assuming top spot - three for the first time. Additionally, the ATP and ATP Media have the official online streaming platform of men's tennis through TennisTV, another pay-for streaming service with streams of almost every singles match on each court at every men's tour event throughout the year.
"I'm not trying to sound cocky or anything, but I've always said that I've always been working hard physically, I'm always trying to improve the performance at the Grand Slams". Do I enjoy it more now? I mean, that was extremely cool. Robin Haase, a former member of the ATP player council, said he thought the rule was likely to have made little difference because the 50 percent offer would be turned down by players who crave the whole amount.
Despite the shock exits, Victorian sports minister John Eren said organisers were hoping to break last year's tournament record total crowd of 728,763. "It was a big difference". I have a lot of friends that travel the world with me.