Thursday, January 21, 2010

Federer Cruises into Australian Open Third Round

Melbourne - World number one Roger Federer breezes into third round after rolling Victor Hanescu out of Australian Open. The Swiss star won 6-2, 6-3, and 6-2 in an hour and 39 minutes.

Federer hit 52 winners and was not broken his Romanian opponent.

Federer had already raced into a 3-0 lead in the third set when Prince William arrived, to the applause of the near-capacity 14,000 crowd.

Federer could have broken Hanescu's serve to lead 5-0, but he failed to take the point everytime he was given advantage. Hanescu won the fifth game of the third set and he made it 2-5.

However, as Federer served for the match, he claimed the win 6-2.

"I knew the danger of Victor. He is a good player although maybe he is more accustomed to clay. I am just thrilled to be through," Federer said in an interview with Jim Courier after the match.

He also talked about his marrying Mirka, having twin daughters, even changing their diapers.

Federer next will play Spain's Albert Montanes, who he has beaten in both previous meetings. If he beat Montanes, he will face the winner of Lleyton Hewitt vs. Marcos Baghdatis match.

In the women's second round, top seed Serena Williams defeated Petra Kvitova of Czech in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The American will take on Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round.

Gisela Dulko of Argentina shocked 20th-seeded Ana Ivanovic, who is a former world number one, with a 6-7 (8), 7-5, and 6-3 triumph. Next unseeded Dulko will face ninth-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

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