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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Tennis

Sublime Federer beats Kavcic to reach Round 3 of Australian Open
AFP
Melbourne, January 16, 2014
First Published: 14:39 IST(16/1/2014)
Last Updated: 14:55 IST(16/1/2014)
Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot against Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic during their men's singles match on day four of the 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne. (AFP Photo)

Roger Federer reeled off some of his best tennis to claim a commanding straight-sets win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion was in irresistible form in the opening two sets before winning 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in one hour 47 minutes on the Hisense Arena.

Federer, playing away from the main Rod Laver Arena court for the first time in 10 years, faced Kavcic with the stadium roof closed because of the tournament's extreme heat policy.

He blazed away for 52 winners, six service breaks and 11 aces to control his match with the 99th-ranked Slovenian.

Kavcic could mostly only shake his head and marvel at the brilliance of the four-time Australian Open champion, although he came more into the match in the final set when he forced a tiebreaker.

But Federer played the pressure points the better to finish well on top in front of an adoring Australian crowd.

The Swiss legend will next play either Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco or Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Federer is looking to become only the man along with Australian Roy Emerson to win five Australian Opens.


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