Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams resolved on Wednesday by the fast track their matches of the second round of the Australian Open, on a day marked by the strong wind.
“With these weather conditions, you have to agree to fight against the adversary, but also against the wind. I accepted it and I played very well from the beginning. He won 5-0 after 15 minutes, ”Djokovic said, highlighting the effectiveness of his service in the first two rounds of the tournament. Second favorite and defender of the title, the Serbian won with authority the Japanese Tatsuma Ito, by 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2.
At the end of the day Federer also did not tremble, with a forceful 6-1, 6-4 and 6-1 before the Serbian Filip Krajinovic. The same did the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, fourteenth head of the series, who advanced thanks to a solid victory by 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2 over the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich. Roberto Bautista, ninth head of the series, also went to third round, beating the American Michael Mmoh in four sets (5-7, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-1).
The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, sixth favorite, qualified for the third round without having to play against the German Philipp Kohlschreiber. According to the tournament organization, Kohlschreiber was unable to show up for the match because of a muscle injury. Tsitsipas barely gave up three points in his first game in this edition of the tournament, and in the third round he must face the Canadian Milos Raonic, who won the Chilean Christian Garín 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2.
In the women’s team, the Japanese Naomi Osaka, third seeded, advanced to the third round and remains in the race to revalidate the crown achieved in last year’s edition. Osaka had to overcome an obvious nervousness in the first set but recovered in time to defeat the Chinese Saisai Zheng 6-2 and 6-3.
In the first quarter Osaka came to throw away a racket after suffering a service break, and then sat in his chair with his head and face covered with a towel. “I just wanted to fight,” said the 22-year-old Japanese tennis player. “At that time I just thought I didn’t want to play a third set,” Osaka added. In the third round Osaka will face the amazing American Coco Gauff, 15, who won the Romanian Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Later Serena Williams, ninth world player, continued on her way to her 24th Grand Slam title after defeating Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (70th WTA) 6-2 and 6-3. Expeditive in the first set, which he won in 32 minutes, the 38-year-old American had to be used thoroughly in the second round, in which he saved three breaking balls. Already winning seven times in Melbourne, Serena will play in the third round against the Chinese Qiang Wang (29th seed).
In addition, still in the first round, the Spanish Sara Sorribes beat the Russian Veronika Kudermetova 2-6, 6-1 and 6-1, as well as Carla Suárez, who surprised the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 7-6 (8- 6) and 7-6 (8-6). He did not pass the second other Spanish, Paula Badosa, who fell to Czech Petra Pliskova, seventh favorite, 7-5 and 7-5.