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Federer eases past Gasquet into fourth round

Australian Open second seed Roger Federer Australian Open second seed Roger Federer
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Enero, 2018, 04:34

DEFENDING champion Roger Federer continued his dominance over Richard Gasquet to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday and keep his quest for a 20th grand slam title on track.

SABR involves the receiver shuffling quickly towards the service line while the server is in his motion, enabling a half-volley return to put the pressure on.

Federer coasted through the opening sets under the lights at Rod Laver Arena but was dragged into a scrap in the third as the 55th-ranked Struff broke his serve and took the match into a tiebreak on a steamy night.

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But Gasquet insists he's ready for the challenge and was keen to stress he has beaten Federer before.

"Nothing major. I knew I wanted to use the medical timeout because I needed it, but at the same time I knew it was nothing major that can potentially raise the question mark on whether I can continue playing or not".

It was in Melbourne a year ago where he lit the fuse on his late-life tennis renaissance, beating Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Mischa Zverev and Stan Wawrinka before downing great rival Rafael Nadal in a five-set final classic.

"I will try to play a great match, I hope to play in the day rather than night".

"I am hoping for another good year", Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court.

JC: You mentioned the word "intense" and intensity seems to be something that has been on your mind lately in the build-up to the tournament.

Struff went on to win the point and the game when Federer returned wide with a backhand, though the world No.2 served out the set just minutes later.

He finally made inroads on the Federer serve at 3-3 in the second, when the Swiss missed a first delivery at 30-30.

"He plays well in the cooler conditions certainly against a guy like Gasquet who has got heavy top spin".

The Swiss lost the next three games but spared the unpredictably of a tie break, converting his third match point after a touch of fortune.