Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Roger Federer continues Australian Open defence with Richard Gasquet defeat

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Rita Gibson | 21 January, 2018, 09:39

"If you want to get to the top, you've got to play in all conditions", Federer said after players sweated it out searing heat.

"I knew he would go for his shots, so it's a question of focusing on my own serve, protecting that as well as I can, and then getting a break by good defence or maybe he helps me out a little bit".

The result left Kerber as the only remaining Grand Slam victor in the women's draw, with the loss Friday of French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The 36-year-old will next face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who defeated World No. 93 Nicolas Kicker 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour, 56 minutes.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the 12th seed, took four sets to see off Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (0-7) 6-4.

The Swiss maestro moved into the last 16 with a commanding straight sets win over Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday with his serving game a feature.

While Federer was lighting up Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic had to make do with Melbourne's second-string stadium - Margaret Court Arena - for the second straight match.

Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

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The unseeded Aussies did the damage with an unexpected 7-6 4-6 7-5 win in front of a packed crowd on Court 2.

Fognini will next play the victor of a later match Saturday between Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro. It's sensical." "I can't tell you how many times at U.S. based I played second night match after Andre/Pete.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem, 24, recovered from two sets down to beat American Denis Kudla and reach the last 32.

In other women's third-round matches, sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5 and No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

Federer will now play France's Richard Gasquet, who has won 14 singles titles throughout his career, in the third round.

Gasquet secured his first break of the match on his second opportunity but was broken serving to stay in the match at 4-5, with Federer benefiting from a net cord to finish the match with a backhand volley victor.

Groth is playing his final tournament before hanging up the racquet and convinced Hewitt to come out of retirement and partner him at Melbourne Park.

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