4 times Australian Open champion Roger Federer booked his place in the third round of this year’s tournament after beating Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4 after exactly two hours of play.
Both players produced some high quality tennis at the start of the match, with 20+ shot rallies entertaining the Melbourne crowd. Federer earned himself a couple of break point opportunities in the 4th game but Davydenko stood ground really well and eventually held serve. However, the Russian was only postponing the inevitable as the Swiss’ penetrating ground strokes proved to be too much to handle for Davydenko. As Federer broke in game six, all he needed to do is hold serve to wrap up the set after just 42 minutes.
Federer was the first player to draw blood once more at the start of the second set, taking his opponent’s serve in the third game for a 2-1 lead. The Swiss had some more break point chances in the fifth game just for Davydenko to avert all of them and hang in the set. Federer played little bit of a sloppy game on serve at 4-3, but the Russian couldn’t get any futher than deuce, with the Swiss eventually holding. A couple of games later, the Swiss maestro got to his first two set points, but both were saved successfully by the former world no.3 Davydenko. Even though the Melbourne clock was showing 8:30pm, the heat out there was unbelievable, in the high 30s Celsius. When the Fex Express came out of on the court to serve for the set at 5-4 up, he made it look simple and beautiful – a couple of volley winners and a forehand bullet for a two sets lead.
As Davydenko dropped his serve for the third time in the opening game of set three, it was only very difficult if not impossible to see how he could come back from this. Federer as steady on serve as ever, he didn’t allow the Russian a single break point opportunity throughout the whole match, closing out the encounter with a hold to 15.
With this win, Federer improved his head to head against Davydenko to an unbelievable 18-2.
Next up for Federer will be Australian home crowd favorite Bernard Tomic, who defeated German Daniel Brands 6-7 (4) 7-5 7-6 (3) 7-6 (8).
Also through to round 3 is Argentine Del Potro, who seems to be hitting the ball pretty well. He demolished German Benjamin Becker in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-2 and we are a step closer to a possible QF encounter between the Argentine and Brit Murray.