With 1000 match wins to his name, Roger Federer arrived in Melbourne and quickly added to that number with his straight sets victory on Monday evening. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will now go on to meet Italy’s Simone Bolelli, whom he has defeated three times without losing a single set. Federer leads the head-to-head series 3-0.
While Federer was faced with an opponent with an endless gas tank and a willingness to run up and down the court, he had no trouble dispatching Yu reach the second round of the Australian Open. Federer struck nine aces, won 86% of his first service points and hit 57 winners to close out the match 6-4 6-2 7-5 in 1 hour and 53 minutes. The third set in particular was a thrashing.
“I think he started to serve better in the third,” Federer said. “I think conditions slowed down a bit. Because of the coolness and the night coming in, I felt it was hard to generate stuff. It became a very interesting third set. Gave me, I think, a lot of information. Instead of sort of just steamrolling through him he really made it tough for me. I don’t want to say I got lucky to not be broken early on in the third, but he was playing some really good tennis. I started to mix it up and trying out things because I had to, I felt, towards the end of the third. Started to serve better myself again towards the end of the match. I adjusted to the conditions, because it did play different at 7.00 than it did at 8.30. A drastic change, in my opinion.”
Next up for the Swiss star is Simone Bolelli, who needed four sets to down Juan Monaco in the opening round in Melbourne. Bolelli hit four aces, won 75% of his first service points and 33 winners to close out the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
This marks the fourth time that Federer and Bolelli meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 3-0. He will look to maintain that undefeated streak as he furthers his quest for a fifth title in Melbourne.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets