Well it ain't 2004, sadly, but this was at least a lot better than last year. Serve was clicking from the start, hold game in general very sharp, but his timing on the return was only intermittently good, and he'll need to improve his consistency from the ground & sharpness at the net to challenge for the title. But so far, so good.
"There is no such thing as 'the world'." - Enoch Powell.
Perhaps a bit rusty, but considering the conditions a decent start by Feds. Serve was working wonderfully, return-of-serve might need a bit of working on - though one must give credits to Kukushkin as well, who played very well in the 1st set, even as good as to say that his serve was quite on par with Federer's.