Federer races through in Melbourne

Roger Federer was in top form as he eased past Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 and into the third round of the Australian Open.

A brief patch in the second set aside, Federer was in complete control against an opponent who failed to engineer a single break point.

Having dropped just five games in his opening-round clash with Nikoloz Basilashvili, Federer was expected to face a much stiffer test on Wednesday, but Dolgopolov was unable to come close to challenging the Swiss.

After saving break points in his opening service game, Dolgopolov dropped his serve to love in the sixth game as Federer went 4-2 up. The 34-year-old then proceeded to capitalise on his first set point to take the set 6-3.

Dolgopolov was more competitive in the second set despite not producing any break point chances, but after holding serve five times in the set he eventually succumbed to the Federer pressure in the 11th game as the 17-time grand slam winner went 6-5 up.

Federer would not need a second opportunity, and with that world number three was two sets up.

The third set will no doubt be something of a blur for Dolgopolov as Federer broke three times while winning 80 percent of points on his own serve to race towards the finish line in a set that was just 22 minutes long.

Federer required three match points to complete the job, but when he did so he did it in style, placing a sumptuous backhand down the line to secure a 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 victory.

The match only lasted an hour and 33 minutes, but the crowd at Rod Laver Arena certainly got their money’s worth.

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