Cool Federer cruises into third round in straight sets

Cool Federer cruises into third round in straight sets

Roger Federer began the defence of his Australian Open title with a routine victory over Aljaz Bedene on Rod Laver Arena.

But Federer was in no mood to hang around and finished the match on Bedene's serve when his opponent netted a backhand.

JC: You mentioned the word "intense" and intensity seems to be something that has been on your mind lately in the build-up to the tournament. Tough games. The end could have gone to a tiebreaker, and then you never know.

I can't tell which direction they're going to go, if there's going to be anything in sports or somewhere in finance or business.

Gasquet had more winners and fewer errors in that set, but was staring down the barrel after surrendering serve at the first opportunity in the third - a costly double fault subsequently punished by a fine drop shot.

"Sometimes rest is the only option, to be quite honest".

More significantly, the Frenchman hadn't won a set in his last eight matches against Federer, with his two wins both coming on clay in Monte Carlo (2005) and Rome (2011).

"I am hoping for another good year", Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court. "That's a big step for me".

Struff looked good in his opening match and clearly has some shotmaking ability that's needed to counter somebody like Federer.

Jackson Coleman underlined the Stars' woes, the quick dropping Watson twice in the deep - first when he was on four then again on 24.

Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, booked a third-round meeting with Hyeon Chung of South Korea after beating fellow German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3. "The players get well paid at the grand slams, of course, but that's not really the point". "I knew about him going in".

"It's nothing major to be concerned about.

Even the Safin match I ended up losing in 2005 was epic".

On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open.

But there was concern in the Serb's camp when the former world No.1 sought a medical timeout early in the second set for treatment to his lower back. In fact, the The World No. 2 has not dropped a set through the first three rounds for the first time since 2014. He was joined in the second round by six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow.

Federer later expanded on the conversation, saying: "I just thought some nice words would maybe cheer him up, get him over the loss".

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