MELBOURNE - Agence France-Presse
Swedish superstar Roger Federer continued his stunning form at the Australian Open with a convincing victory over Nikolay Davydenko. Federer needed less than two hours to beat veteran Russian to set up a third round meeting against cocky Australian Bernard Tomic. ABACAPRESS photo
Roger Federer set up an intriguing clash with cocky young Australian Bernard Tomic as title rival Andy Murray booked a straightforward passage into the Australian Open third round yesterday.
The Swiss world number two again mastered old rival Nikolay Davydenko in three sets to confirm his match-up with big-talking Tomic, 20, in the last 32 tomorrow.
The record 17-time Grand Slam champion had few problems with the 40th-ranked Russian, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 59 minutes in a night match on Rod Laver Arena.
Federer stretched his record over Davydenko to 18-2 with a dominant performance containing three service breaks from 13 break point opportunities.
“I have so much more experience than him (Tomic),” Federer said. “Last year I reached my 1,000th match on tour and I know how hard a five-setter can be.Intense session
“I know how intense a night session can be. I’ve been there. That could potentially help me, but it could also not help me. We’ll see how it goes.” Murray mercifully kept it short as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomic were made to sweat it out to the third round.
On the hottest day so far at the Grand Slam, with temperatures hitting 41 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), iced towels and water bottles were in big demand with the players.
British third seed and reigning US
Open champion Murray was impressive in conceding just eight games as he put away 100th-ranked Portuguese Joao Sousa, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 41min on Hisense Arena.
Murray, twice a runner-up at the Australian Open, will have his hitting partner, Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis, as his next opponent in the last 32.
Murray was too hot to handle, breaking Sousa’s service five times without facing a break point. It was his sixth consecutive match victory this season after he beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov to win his 25th career title at the Brisbane International.
While Murray made reasonably short work of it, Tsonga and Tomic were kept on court for longer than they wanted under the broiling sun.
Frenchman Tsonga, a runner-up here five years ago, was made to toil hard in the heat for his 6-3, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 win over Japan’s 73rd-ranked Go Soeda in 2hr 3min on Margaret Court Arena.
It was seventh-seeded Tsonga will face unseeded Slovenian Blaz Kavcic, who took almost five hours before overcoming Australian James Duckworth 10-8 in the fifth set.
Tomic secured a 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8) win in 2hr 55min to reach the third round and continue his unbeaten start to the year after claiming his first tour title at the Sydney International