Ruthless Federer surges to Australian Open second round

Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) World No.3 Roger Federer was in ruthless form here on Monday as he surged through to the second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner hammered 31 winners to just nine from his opponent and converted eight of his 14 break points to claim the match in just 72 minutes.

“That was a good match,” said Federer after the win at the Rod Laver Arena.

“I’m really pleased how I was able to play. Definitely gives me a bit of a lift in confidence because this year I haven’t been able to play properly yet.”

“This was a match where I was able to focus on my game, on tactics, all that stuff. So it was nice to play that way.”

The 34-year-old Federer is looking to become the third man in history to win five Australian Open titles, following Roy Emerson (six) and World No.1 Novak Djokovic (five).

The Swiss lifted the trophy at Melbourne Park in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. He also finished runner-up in 2009.

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