Untouchable Federer breezes into third round
The world number one outclassed German Florian Mayer in straight sets.Updated: Jan 19, 2006 11:09 IST
World number one Roger Federer bounded into the third round of the Australian Open, outclassing German Florian Mayer in straight sets onThursday.
The Swiss top seed broke Mayer's service six times for a comprehensive 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 win in 1hr 12 min on a sun-baked centre court.
It was Federer's most emphatic performance so far in the year's opening Grand Slam tournament and he at times looked to be coasting against the 69th-ranked Mayer.
Federer, who has yet to drop a set in his two matches at the Open, now will play 30th seed Max Mirnyi of Belarus in the next round.
He again wore a supporting guard on the right ankle he injured last northern autumn and which had him on crutches in the run-up to Masters Cup in Shanghai last November.
The injury hindered the defence of his Masters title where he was beaten in the final by David Nalbandian.
"I am happy with the way the ankle is faring," he said. "I damaged ankle ligaments but it progressed well during the Shanghai tournament and I got it all ready so I could play in Auystralia.
"I just put the guard on now for extra protection."
Federer, bidding for his seventh Grand Slam crown and second Australian Open title, breezed through the opening set in 21 minutes, breaking Mayer's service twice before the German steadied from the initial onslaught in the second set.
Errors cost Mayer his service in the fifth game for the Swiss top seed to wrap up the second set in 30 minutes.
The Swiss broke Mayer's serve three times in the final set to cruise to victory.
Federer hit 38 winners and made just 18 unforced errors in three sets.
He served at 61 percent and sent down nine aces. He dominated the match points, 87-56.
First Published: Jan 19, 2006 11:09 IST