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Australian Open: Roger Federer sees off Jan-Lennard Struff


The second set was evenly contested despite Federer's ruthlessness behind serve and it took the five-time Australian Open champion until the 12th game of the set to secure the decisive break.

It's hard to believe it now but when Gasquet stormed onto the ATP Tour as a teenager more than a decade ago, there was widespread belief that he was Federer's heir apparent. The Austrian lost a tie-break in the opener but fought back to win 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-3.

"I feel the pain but I didn't think about it".

"I'll ask for a night match just because I played night tonight".

Yet we always end up debating and deliberating whether players should have been allowed to compete in such weather, and whether the Australian Open organisers have the competitors' best interest at heart. "I know what I'm capable of and coming back to this court is a special feeling", Djokovic said after the win.

"I honestly can't complain - the ATP is doing a nice job and there's a lot of physios and communication going on from officials towards us players". On Thursday, Djokovic said he "struggled to draw a breath" during his 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils. "No matter how much you train in the heat, how much you like the heat, it is very tough".


"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.

Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate her 30th birthday.

After the match he hinted tournament organisers might have money on their minds, rather than the wellbeing of players.

The Romanian will take on Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the second round after she beat Oceane Dodin 6-3, 7-6 (5).

So here's how to make sure you don't miss the battle of the backhands on Rod Laver Arena, expected to start around 10.30am United Kingdom time.

There have been some pretty interesting post-match interviews over the years. U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova.

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