Federer advances to third round with win
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champion Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jonas Bjorkman on Wednesday.
It was Federer's second lopsided win over Bjorkman in the last three Grand Slam tournaments. He beat the 34-year-old Swede in straight sets in the Wimbledon semifinals last year as a warmup to beating Rafael Nadal in the final.
Bjorkman relied on drops and some improvised shotmaking to work Federer around, but it rarely worked consistently in the match that lasted 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Federer maintained his record of never dropping a set against Bjorkman.
"Jonas is a great guy, he always puts up a good fight," said Federer, who is chasing a 10th Grand Slam title. "Today it went my way, I'm playing pretty well right now."
The heat that forced dozens of matches to be delayed until after sundown on Tuesday, had relented by Wednesday morning, with matches on all courts starting on time in temperatures around 90 degrees.
It was about 10 degrees cooler in overcast conditions 2 hours later when the Federer-Bjorkman matched began.
Former U.S. Open women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No. 3 seed, beat Monique Adamczak of Australia 6-2, 6-1 in the first match at Rod Laver Arena, where the roof was reopened after being closed for all but one match Tuesday.
Jelena Jankovic continued her solid start to the year. The No. 11 seed followed up a title and a finals appearance by advancing to the third round here with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Virginia Ruano Pascual.
The 12 women's first-round matches held over from Tuesday were completed early today, with No. 8 Patty Schnyder, No. 9 Dinara Safina, No. 15 Daniela Hantuchova, No. 17 Anna-Lena Groenefeld and No. 19 Li Na of China all advancing.
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