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Federer in Australian Open 2nd round

21 Enero 2018

Defending champion Roger Federer needed to knuckle down to end the feisty challenge of hard-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-4 6-4 7-6 (4) win in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Though the 19-time Grand Slam champ is campaigning for a bigger slice of the pie for the whole tour.

But, while some players hit lucky with the odd night match here and there, one player seems to be getting an 'unfair advantage' throughout.

While a break for 3-1 with a forehand winner was enough for Federer to go on and secure the opening set after a Gasquet double fault, he bided his time in the second before striking at 6-5 up to break again and double his lead.

Federer has unheralded Hungarian and one-time training partner Marton Fucsovics up next and a potential quarter-final with Tomas Berdych, who upset Juan Martin del Porto in straight sets earlier on Saturday.

Roger Federer: I was able to stay more on the offensive than he was and maybe I was protecting my own serve better than him.

"Nothing major. I knew I wanted to use the medical timeout because I needed it, but at the same time I knew it was nothing major that can potentially raise the question mark on whether I can continue playing or not".

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"I will be ready".

Gasquet pulled off some fiery strokes that left even Federer surprised but the Swiss stayed put, went about with his usual elegance and untouchability during his service games and just waited for Gasquet to give in to the pressure.

That is exactly what happened in the second and third sets.

Federer returned from a lengthy injury layoff to claim his fifth Australian Open title last year. He came to Switzerland to train with me for a week. I beat him twice.

"He plays well in the cooler conditions certainly against a guy like Gasquet who has got heavy top spin".

Gasquet, 31, isn't the only player with a miserable head-to-head record against the Swiss, winning just two of their 18 meetings.

Standing in his way in the third round will be Frenchman Gasquet.

Federer in Australian Open 2nd round