‘SuperSwiss’ Roger Federer ready to unleash weapons on Australian Open | Kevin Mitchell

The reigning champion, a player who could probably save the planet if required, is looking relaxed and regal as he prepares to begin his title defence

If Roger Federer were a superhero (to many, he already is), he would, he says, like to be Thor. At the US Open last year, he nicknamed Juan Martín del Potro “Del Thortro”, after the Argentinian had conjured the most dramatic comeback to defeat Dominic Thiem in five sets, so he clearly shares a lot of TV time with his young children these days.

They will have been thrilled, no doubt, to watch him play alongside Spider?Man and other comic-book folk in a fun hit-up that drew a far bigger crowd than did Bernard Tomic’s thrilling, three-set exit from the qualifying tournament on Court 8. With lazy fingers sending off nuclear?missile alerts in Hawaii, it is comforting to be in the presence of a tennis player who could probably save the planet if required.

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