Roger Federer began his title defense with an impressive show below Melbourne lights as he mitigated past Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his gap match of the Australian Open on Tues.
The Swiss star breezed past Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to enter the second spherical of the primary sweep of the year.
With abundant ease, Federer inflicted only one break in every set and flowed through.
Federer controlled the sport from the start to the top and pleased the group at the Laver Arena.
The world variety 2, bidding for a twentieth sweep title once claiming his eighteenth here last year and nineteenth at suburbia, stony-broke Bedene’s services within the fourth game of the primary set during which he conceded solely 3 points on his serve.
Federer pounced like a shot at the beginning of the second to realize another break and cantered through the remainder of the match against a player United Nations agency he had ne’er compete before.
One member of the sell-out crowd loud “Give him an opportunity Rog” late on the, however, the country wasn’t listening and finished the match on Bedene’s serve once his opponent netlike a backhand.
- PETRA KVITOVA LOSES TO ANDREA PETKOVIC
Twice suburb champion Petra Kvitova’s come to the Australian Open a year once being attacked by AN trespasser at her home resulted in disappointment with a marathon 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 first-round loss to German Andrea Petkovic on Tues.
A former quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park, Kvitova incomprehensible last year’s event as she recovered from surgery to her paw that was eviscerated by a knife-wielding attacker weeks before the tournament.
Kvitova showed she was back to tier approaching her dominant best with a last-eight look at the U.S. Open, however, her clash with former top-10 player Petkovic resulted in heartache once she double-faulted on point once serving at 5-4 within the third attack Show Court 2.
Petkovic saved another point with a forehand winner to level at 5-5 and fought back from another breakdown.
Serving to remain within the contest, twenty-seventh seed Kvitova suffered AN attack of nerves, missing a simple volley before surrendering the match along with her tenth double-fault and sixth of the set.
The crowd groaned in disappointment, whereas Petkovic roared in triumph and Czech Kvitova walked off to heat approval within the twilight.
“I simply thought of not thinking and it worked,” Petkovic aforesaid of holding on throughout the nervous end.