Pony-tailed Aleksandr Dolgopolov couldn’t put up any resistance against World No 3 Roger Federer. The Swiss, former top-seed, cruised to the third round with a straight set win.
The 17-time major winner strolled to 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 win in 1 hr 33 minutes in Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday. Federer notched up his 299th Grand Slam win in pursuit of his fifth Australian Open title.
Federer took his record over the Ukrainian to 3-0. The 34-year-old Swiss played a practice match with Dolgopolov in Dubai, which made his victory here more easier.
“I’m very happy. The conditions are extremely quick so you are not going to find that much rhythm out there,” Federer said.
“Aleksandr can play great when you give him too much time so maybe it wasn’t a bad thing that it was as fast as it was.
“But I served well and as the match went on I started to feel better and better, but the second set was crucial and I’m glad I got it done.”
Federer looks confident of making to the finals once more.
Earlier, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova also progressed to the third round in the Women’s singles.