Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Federer digs deep to overcome Evans in Australia

Federer digs deep to overcome Evans in Australia

Roger Federer reacts during the match against Dan Evans at the Australian Open.

Federer, a victor of 20 major single titles, triumphed 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena in an entertaining contest that saw the world number three forced to dig deep into his bag of tricks a couple of times.

Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. "I think I was just focused on not having a letdown".

Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell beat 29th seed Donna Vekic 6-4 4-6 6-1 in almost two hours to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The fifth seed struggled with an elbow injury early in the clash and couldn't cope with the 20-year-old's power and finesse.

It was a similar story for long-time rival Rafael Nadal, who made short work of local player Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, while last year's finalist Marin Cilic won a hard-fought battle against American youngster Mackenzie McDonald, 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, reports Efe news. The first set was big, I was happy to win that'. Opelka - who at 6ft 11ins is the joint-tallest player on the ATP Tour - is the first American to beat 6ft 10ins Isner at a Slam.

"But I'm still here and I'm still going and feeling good so I feel very similar".

Spanish tennis icon Rafal Nadal successfully overcame the first round barrier, dispatching Australian wildcard James Duckworth in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. It doesn't come much tougher in the third round than a match against the defending champion. I thought he was playing well.

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The last time Serena Williams won the Australian Open was in 2017 when she faced her sister Venus Williams while being pregnant. Men staying in the hunt included 11th seed Borna Coric of Croatia and Spain's 23rd seed Pablo Carreno-Busta.

Roger Federer maintained his ideal record in Australian Open second-round matches, beating Dan Evans in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old surprisingly lost the opening set 6-3 but then regained her composure to dominate the three following sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to seal a spot in the second round.

Chasing his 100th career title at Melbourne Park, Federer could register a century of Open wins if he proceeds to a seventh title here. Sabalenka closed out the match after one hour and 13 minutes.

She will face either Russia's Maria Sharapova or Sweden Rebecca Peterson on Friday.

Others safely through included 15th seed Ashleigh Barty and 19th seed Caroline Garcia.

He swept past Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 said he was in "disbelief" that he was the double defending champion at his age and vowed to give his all to make it three in a row.

Russian rising star, 10th seed Karen Kachanov also reached the second round of the 2019 Australian Open, defeating Peter Gojowczyk of Germany in four sets. Boulter started celebrating and went to the net when she reached 7-4 in the tiebreaker, forgetting it wasn't a conventional count.

Evans was a fearless competitor, providing a mix of skills similar to the Swiss' own, but Federer eventually prevailed 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in an entertaining contest on Wednesday.

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