World number three Roger Federer has sailed through the third round of the ongoing Australian Open by defeating 35th ranked Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 win.
Federer defeated his practice partner Dolgopolov in a smooth straight-sets win within one hour thirty three minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
With this win, the Swiss national has taken his singles Grand Slam victory to 299 as he chases his fifth Australian crown.
The third seed broke Dolgopolov’s serve five times without facing a single break point on his own serve.
Federer will now face either Bulgarian 27th seed Grigor Dimitrov or Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti.
“I’m very happy. The conditions are extremely quick so you are not going to find that much rhythm out there,” Federer said in his post-match interview, reports The Telegraph.
“Aleksandr can play great when you give him too much time so maybe it wasn’t a bad thing that it was as fast as it was.”
“But I served well and as the match went on I started to feel better and better, but the second set was crucial and I’m glad I got it done.”