Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Roger Federer and Serena Williams light up Australian Open with impressive wins

Roger Federer and Serena Williams light up Australian Open with impressive wins

Roger Federer continued his ideal record in the Australian Open second round with an impressive win over Filip Krajinovic on Wednesday.

"At 0-40, 5-1, I thought it wasn't 100 per cent fair that he had played three and a half hours yesterday and me zero", Federer said, hinting that playing indoors on another wet Melbourne summer's night had disadvantaged Krajinovic further. "I knew that I had to step up or it was going to be a really long evening for me".

Roger Federer and Serena Williams produced textbook displays in the night session on Rod Laver Arena to cruise into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Earlier, West Australian wildcard Astra Sharma lost her delayed first-round match. "She was a very good fighter and did not let me win alone". "You have to take advantage of it, but I do feel a little bit sorry".

"The rain helped me, so you've got to take them when they fall that way".

He said: "Look, I think for me, I try to make things as physical as possible".

"Of course, it's not quite the same stress level if you're down a set or a break or two sets, whatever it may be". "There are not many fitter guys than him out there and those are the guys I respect the most, actually". I prefer the slightly heavier conditions like you have up in Brissy.

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Shapovalov got off to a slow start as a lengthy opening game of the match ultimately swung the way of his Hungarian opponent. After a long rally, Fucsovics sailed wide back and gave Shapovalov an 8-7 lead and a chance at setpoint.

Next up for Federer will be a meeting against local hope John Millman, who beat him in four sets at the 2018 U.S. Open. "I've played him two other times, once in Brisbane (2015), I nearly lost that one too, and also in Halle (2019)".

In a match that was affected by heavy wind that had buffeted Melbourne all day, Millman fought back from a break down four times in the opening two sets, winning both sets by breaking Hurkacz's serve.

Speaking after the win over Krajinovic, Federer was asked whether he has been feeling good about his game in practise.

"What you can expect from me, my coaching team, friends, family, what they can all expect from me is that I'll go out there and give it a crack". He got another opportunity at 3-4 and this time didn't waste it.

Federer restored his lead in the next game when Krajinovic netted a backhand volley and made no mistake in serving out the second set.

The only moments of concern for Williams and his fans reached 2-3 in the second set, when Zidansek had three chances to advance a break, but the eighth seed remained firm and did not lose a game from there.

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