“My childhood role models were Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg

After a successful junior career, Roger Federer then made a name for himself on the ATP circuit from the year 2002. The Swiss lifted his first trophy at the Masters 1000 in Hamburg and then closed his season by placing himself in the Top 6.

A year later, Federer went one step further to capture his first-ever major crown at Wimbledon, before ending the year on a high with the ATP Masters Cup trophy.

Having become one of the best players in the world with his coach Peter Lundgren, Federer then decided to continue without the Swede from 2004. His first official match without a coach went well, since it ended with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over Alex Bogolomov Jr at the Australian Open.

Roger Federer enjoyed watching Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker

After that game, Roger spoke of one-handed backhand legends Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker as having been his favorite players when he was younger.

Pete Sampras then took their place in the 90s, but Federer never wanted to copy either of them; he wanted to build his own style of play and encourage young people to follow that same path.

“I’m happy that I started well. You need 3-set triumphs in the first rounds. I’m happy with the performance I had after finding the rhythm; my serve and volley worked well.

A lot of upsets can happen in Melbourne as some players aren’t 100%. Yet the Australian Open is just as essential as the other three Majors. I’m ready for it, no matter when in the calendar.

I’ve always admired players who have a one-handed backhand. Stefan Edberg was my first model, and Boris Becker came next. Later, my favorite player was Pete Sampras, but I never tried to copy (the game of) anyone. I think kids should go their own way,” Roger Federer said.