Roger Federer is through to the third round in Melbourne, moving past Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 and recording his 99th match win at the Australian Open in the process.
The Swiss was in fine fettle from the word go, taking time away from an opponent who spent three hours on the court yesterday after rain postponed play on Monday.
Federer has still never lost a second-round at Melbourne Park, and after winning the first set in just 21 minutes he was well on the way to his twenty-first consecutive third-round tie, firing 42 winners to 19 unforced errors, and breaking serve seven times during the 1 hour and 32-minute encounter.
In the last thirty-two, Federer will face John Millman after the Queenslander saw off the in-form Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets over on Melbourne Arena.
Quick Match Recap
Krajinovic won the toss and elected to receive. Federer kicked things off with solid hold to fifteen to lead 1-0.
Two superb backhands down the line helped Roger create 0-40 in game two, and although the Serb saved the first with an ace and the second with a deft volley, he went long on the third to drop serve.
At thirty all in game three, Krajinovic challenged a second serve that caught the line by a couple of millimetres. Point Federer and he held for 3-0.
With just fifteen minutes on the click, Krajinovic soon found himself down 4-0, struggling to cope with Federer's early ball striking to drop serve from deuce.
A service hold to thirty put Roger up 5-0 before Krajinovic stemmed the tide and avoided the bagel with a hold to love.
However, the set was soon Federer's, holding to love to take it 6-1 in just 21 minutes.
Into set two and Krajinovic found himself down 0-30 before throwing in a couple of serve and volleys to mix it up and win the next two points. There'd be no let off from Roger though as he fired two big forehands to break serve for 1-0.
A hold to fifteen consolidated the break for 2-0 before Krajinovic fired down a love hold to keep somewhat in touch.
More smart serving kept the advantage for 3-1, and in game five Roger came up with a ridiculous stretch forehand pass to set up two more breakpoints. The Serb saved them both to hold for 2-3.
Game six saw Krajinovic enjoy his first success on the return, narrowly missing out on a 0-30 window but for a flukey net cord from the Swiss.
Despite that, he still fashioned a breakpoint which Federer did well to save with some good footwork off a return into his feet. Two solid serves got Federer the hold for 4-2.
A sweet drop shot that left Krajinovic glued to the court gave Roger 15-30 in game seven, but Krajinovic hit back with a stylish backhand down the line before holding for 3-4.
That hold kept the Serb in the set, and he took full advantage, striking the ball sweetly from the baseline and taking advantage of some Federrors to break for 4-4.
Unfortunately for Krajinovic, his hard work was soon undone, missing a smash off a high ball despite letting it bounce for 0-30 and then netting a simple backhand volley which had previously looked rock solid on the breakpoint.
Roger served it out to fifteen, aided by two aces to take the set 6-4 in 39 minutes.
Having smashed a racquet after dropping serve at the end of set two, Krajinovic's woes were compounded when he hit his first double fault of the match on a breakpoint in the first game of set three.
A hold to love consolidated the break for Federer for 2-0 before the Swiss fashioned another breakpoint. Krajinovic saved it, eventually escaping the multi deuce game and calling for the Doctor at the changeover with what appeared to be an arm problem.
The medical timeout didn't affect Roger's rhythm as Federer held to love to lead 3-1 and went onto break for a 4-1 lead.
A hold to fifteen put Roger one game away at 5-1, and just minutes later the Swiss was in the third round, ripping a cross-court forehand winner at 30-40 to take it 6-1.
|Aus Open 2R 2020||Filip Krajinovic||Roger Federer|
|1st serve in||74 % (57/77)||69% (47/68)|
|Win 1st serve||58% (33/57)||77% (36/47)|
|Win 2nd serve||20% (4/20)||62% (13/21)|
|Break points won||33% (1/3)||50% (7/14)|
|Net points won||54% (14/26)||83 (15/18)|
|Receiving points won||28% (19/68)||49% (38/77)|
|Return unforced errors||0||0|
|Total points won||56||89|
|Fastest serve||197 km/h||201 km/h|
|1st Serve Average||184 km/h||183 km/h|
|2nd serve average||151 km/h||158 km/h|
On Court Interview
Thoughts on the Match
I'm very happy, it's a great start to the season so far, I'm feeling really relaxed out on court. You train hard and hope it pays off and not that it was all for nothing this week so I'm happy I'm still going. Looking forward to the next round and hopefully another good match.
At 0-40, 5-1 I thought it wasn't a 100% fair that he played three and a half hours yesterday and me zero, but the rain helped me so you have to take the win when they fall that way. I do feel a bit sorry but you have to take advantage of it.
He had a very high first-serve percentage, it was very high from him to only get a handful of second serves and it wasn't just like he was kicking them in. Nowadays guys have easier power, they make more first serves than ever. Back in the day, 60% was good when I was coming up, 55% was the norm, now everyone is serving 65, 70, 75% sometimes even higher so it's pretty crazy. But the surfaces are slower, so I was able to get the ball back into the rally and figure it out from there so you have to win them differently nowadays. Federer speaking to John McEnroe on court after his win over Krajinovic
Another clinical win here from Roger and his game is clicking nicely in all areas. Serving well when he needs to, the forehand looking solid on the run and when he's in that groove, there are very few if any players who can match his perspicacity on a tennis court.
While there is no doubt Krajnovic will have been feeling jaded after three hours on the court yesterday, he still produced a high level of tennis throughout, just not one high enough to trouble Federer who is a master at playing with a lead.
The only real blip was the dropping of serve in set two but Federer soon restored order and only losing 19 points over three sets is rock solid. As for the other stats, all good from Federer's side especially those 42 winners and 49% of receiving points won.
As pointed out by McEnroe on court, it was surprising to see Krajinovic serve at 90% but still lose a set 6-1 however if you look at his serve location map, while he's making them with good speed, they're not as tight to the lines as Federer's which gives the returner that bit more time to put it back into play.
Given Roger was able to make so many returns, he was able to shape the rallies how he wanted them tactically and manoeuvre his opponent around with some well-constructed points and that's why he broke seven times. Job well done 🙂
Predictions vs. Millman
John is a great guy, I practised a lot with him, I almost passed out when I played him in New York it was so hot He had no problem with it, he's from Queensland it's normal stuff. I played him two other times, once in Brisbane I almost lost that one too and once in Halle. He's a super good guy, unbelievably tough opponent, there are not many guys fitter than him out there, and those are the guys I respect the most actually because they get the most out of the game. I hope it's going to be a great match with some great rallies and I hope you guys enjoy it. Federer on his upcoming match with Millman
Next up is John Millman who defeated Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets earlier in the day over on Melbourne Arena.
Hurkacz had been highly touted as a potential banana skin for Federer given his solid start to the season at the ATP Cup and Auckland. Still, you can never count out Millman, who is a typical Aussie hardcore competitor and rock-solid from the baseline.
Federer knows that all too well, having lost to Millman at the US Open in 2018 and being run close in Brisbane a few years earlier so he will be fully aware of what to expect on Friday.
So far Roger has been able to cruise through against a fairly limited Steve Johnson and then a tired Filip Krajinovic, so Millman will be the toughest opponent of the week so far.
That's how it's supposed to be and based on Fed's level so far I expect him to come through. He'll need to play one more ball against a never say die opponent but given he's liking conditions and looks to be strong physically he should be able to outplay Millman with his all-court game.
What did you guys think of the win against Krajinovic? Predictions against Millman? Let me know in the comments.