Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal kicked start their Australian Open campaigns in impressive fashion, as both tennis legends breezed through easy victories in the opening round of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year on Tuesday.
It was vintage Federer the crowd witnessed at Rod Laver Arena on Monday as the Swiss Maestro thrilled everybody in the stadium with superb shot-making skills to easily beat Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei 6?4, 6?2, 7?5.
Despite his straight sets demolition, the 33-year old Federer thought the match was played at a high level, adding his Taiwanese opponent didn?t disappoint at all.
“I thought it was played at a really good level, it was a tough match and I had to step it up. I’ve played him a few times so I knew what he can do and he didn’t disappoint,? Federer told reporters via the Daily Mail.
?It’s early in the season and it’s tough to get rhythm, especially in the first round, but this court plays nice and we had some great rallies so it was a nice match.”
The second round was a bit stingy for Federer, after he had a close encounter with a bee in the opening salvo. However, despite being stung, the Swiss Maestro still came through with a virtuoso performance to overcome a one set deficit on his way to a dominant win over Simone Bolelli 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal?s Strong Start:
In spite of his early hiccups at the Qatar Open, former Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal still delivered a strong showing as he obliterated Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal, who is gunning for his second Australian Open title and 15th Grand Slam title of his career, scored points in various ways, recording 31 winners against 15 unforced errors, according to Tennis Tonic, to dispatch the Russian in just one hour.
?[It?s a] very positive result for me, I think a very good start. My return worked really well. The serve, too? In general, I played with not many mistakes,? Nadal told reporters.
The first round might be a walk in the park for Nadal, but that wasn?t the case in the second round, as American Tim Smyczek pushed the Spaniard to the limit, engaging in a five-set clash. In the end, the Mallorcan Bull found a way to grind out a win 6-2, 3-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5.