Australian Open

Federer fights back to win

2015-01-21 09:42
Roger Federer (AP Photo)

Melbourne - Swiss second seed Roger Federer bounced back after dropping the first set to trounce Italian Simone Bolelli and reach the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Federer, chasing his fifth Australian Open title, won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hr 9min and will next play either Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or Italy's Andreas Seppi.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost the opening set after the only break on his serve, but he steadied and swept through the next three sets as Bolelli began to unravel.

Bolelli made 39 unforced errors as Federer ramped up the pressure to break the Italian's service five times.

Federer changed tactics to rush the net to great effect.

"Simone played really well in the first set, I wasn't playing badly, and I had to fight in the middle of the third set and go up a break to enable me to relax a little bit and play a touch better because of less pressure," Federer said.

"He didn't have to lose as much as me, I guess sometimes it can be an advantage and sometimes a disadvantage to be favourite."

Federer has always made the third round in 16 attempts in Melbourne and has reached the semi-final stage for the last 11 Australian Opens.

Results from day three of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday:

Men's singles

Second round

Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 7-6 (7/0), 6-2, 6-2

Viktor Troicki (SRB) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG x26) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Marcos Baghdatis (CYR) bt David Goffin (BEL x20) 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Kevin Anderson (RSA x14) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)

Andy Murray (GBR x6) bt Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

Joao Sousa (POR) bt Martin Klizan (SVK x32) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 1-0 retired

Richard Gasquet (FRA x24) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-2, 6-3, 7-5

Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x10) bt Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-3, 6-7 (10/12), 6-3, 6-3

Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA x29) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Women's singles

Second round

Carina Witthoeft (GER) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-0

Peng Shuai (CHN x21) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-1, 6-1

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x10) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-2, 6-4

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-2, 7-6 (8/6)

Julia Goerges (GER) bt Klara Koukalova (CZE) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 7-5, 6-4

Lucie Hradecka (CZE) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x22) bt Oceane Dodin (FRA) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

Maria Sharapova (RUS x2) bt Alexandra Panova (RUS) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) bt Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Sara Errani (ITA x14) bt Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-3, 6-4

Zarina Diyas (KAZ x31) bt Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 3-6, 6-2, 8-6

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