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Federer gets a walkover into Australian Open 3rd Round

I'm a bit behind posting this, but as I'm sure everyone knows Roger got a walkover into the 3rd round after his opponent, Andreas Beck, withdrew after he aggravated a back injury.

I was disappointed that Roger didn't play as I feel like a match would have done him good. I don't like extended breaks in a slam – you need matches under your belt to slowly build up to peak at the end of the second week.

I didn't know anything about it. It came as a surprise,” Federer said. “He said he had a lot of painkillers and pain in the last match. I guess it's the smart decision for him to take.

The positive is that the walkover is very early, and isn't prior to a big match like a Quarter Final or Semis. Roger next plays the big serving Croat Ivo Karlovic, and really, that's all Karlovic is – a serve. Roger leads the H2H 9-1 and I think the last meeting was at Wimbledon in 2009 where Fed's return of serve was spot on.

I'm confident it will be another straight sets victory, due to the nature of Karlovic's game the sets may be quite close, but I don't see Fed getting broken. If he returns well then it might be over pretty quickly, so I say 6-4 7-5 6-2.

Elsewhere in the draw

Everything went pretty much as expected, Berdych cruised through, Tomic beat Querrey in 4, Dolgopolov got by in 5, Isner beat Nalbandian 10-8 in the 5th (some dodgy umpiring apparently that may have changed the match), Nadal eased through and Del Potro won comfortably. I guess the only surprise was Fish losing to Falla, but Falla is always capable of causing an upset as he plays very consistently.

If Roger makes the 4th round we now know his opponent will either be Dolgopolov or Tomic. They've both had tough matchs so far so it will be interesting to see what happens in that match. I'm not a big fan of either player, but they maybe Roger's first big test of his Australian Open campaign.

Update: Here's the Nalbandian robbery – shambles!

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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