Roger Federer has rolled through his first two rounds at the Australian Open, winning over Nikolasz Basilishvili and today Alexandr Dolgoplov 63, 75, 61.
But ahead in a third round clash with the man who plays just like him, Grigor Dimitriov who needed four sets to beat an Argentinian qualifier. The Bulgarian has never beaten Federer including a loss to him in Brisbane, but Federer is wary of the challenge against the Sydney finalist.
“He’s, on a high right now,” Federer said. “I think it’s a tough draw, to be honest. He’s got the game to be really dangerous. He’s fit enough for a five-setter, so, yeah, I mean, gotta definitely bring my best game to the court.”
Dimitrov is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I mean, it’s exciting match for me, you know, to be able to get to the third round and play against him. You know, it’s a good start,” Dimitrov said. “I’m out here to perform the best way I can, and hopefully, you know, I can play better tennis and sort of play better I think than Brisbane and maybe do couple of things different that I thought I could have done back then.”
Federer brought some of his best serving numbers out against Dolgopolov smacking 25 aces in the win.
“I thought today I did serve very well,” said Federer who didn’t face a single break point. “Maybe just matched up well with maybe Dolgopolov maybe wasn’t seeing it as well. But also conditions are fast during the daytime, so that helps to be able to serve through opponents.
“It’s also harder to return, clearly. I’m happy I got crucial first break in the first set. I think it was a big set for me. Then second set was the key, really, because it was close for a while. I had missed some chances.
“I was keeping it up, you know, serving well, keeping the pressure on, and finally then found the break end of the second.”
The 34-year-old Federer is seeking a 5th Australian Open title and first Grand Slam since 2012 Wimbledon.
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