Roger Federer through to Australian Open third round

Joann Johnston
January 21, 2018

It was by far the trickiest part of the 19-time grand slam champion's day after an easy win against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.

His next opponent will be Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday when temperatures in Melbourne are expected to climb to about 40 degrees centigrade. It's sensical." "I can't tell you how many times at U.S. based I played second night match after Andre/Pete. That's what happened for me previous year.

"I'm sure tennis would be much better off as a whole if they played Roger/Rafa/Serena/Novak/Maria out on court 13 just as often as everyone else".

Without Andy Murray at the tournament and with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both on the comeback from their respective injuries the Swiss star is once again favourite for the Australian Open. The Serb has not played since Wimbledon past year but was in good form as he beat Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

He hit 12 aces to deny Bedene a first win at Melbourne Park.

"Not if they're fast enough", Ferrell shot back.

In the rest of the men's bracket, top seeds Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and David Goffin all booked their place in the second round with relative ease, with Milos Raonic the only notable casualty.

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In the women's singles Britain's Johanna Konta will next play Bernarda Pera in the second round after a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Madison Brengle.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to move into the fourth round for a sixth consecutive major. It was a nice day. There was a lot of people.

"I felt the pain but I didn't think about it", said after beating the Canadian.

"So I have been walking through the streets dressed as numerous characters I have played in films, and people still aren't recognising me".

The interview, which was most likely the most freaky Federer has experienced, followed his win last night where he continued the longest first-round winning streak in tennis, easing past Slovenian Aljaz Bedene to make it 19 successive tournament-opening wins at the Australian Open. "And I feel I did that". Romanian Halep secured a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over Aiava to secure a second-round clash against Eugenie Bouchard.

Both the Romanian and her 17-year-old wildcard opponent needed on-court medical attention before the top seed ran out a battling 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 victor.

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