ATP Australian Open: Roger Federer destroys Filip Krajinovic for win no. 99!

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ATP Australian Open: Roger Federer destroys Filip Krajinovic for win no. 99!

World no. 3 and the six-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer is through to the third round in Melbourne for the 21st time in as many appearances down under, beating Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 32 minutes!

It was another dominant performance from the champion from 2017 and 2018, firing 42 winners and just 14 unforced errors to have the upper hand from start to finish, earning the 99th victory at the Australian Open after making a debut in 2000.

The Swiss lost 19 points on serve and got broken only once, securing seven breaks from 14 chances to mount the pressure on Filip all the time and seal the deal in no time at all. Roger was flying over the court in the opening set, striking 13 winners and four unforced errors and giving away only five points in his games to mount the pressure on Krajinovic who couldn't deal with it.

Federer grabbed a break in the second game when Krajinovic sent a backhand long, delivering another break with a forehand winner at 3-0 and racing into a 5-0 advantage following a forehand winner in the fifth game after only 15 minutes!

Serving for the set at 5-1, the Swiss blasted four winners to wrap up the opener in 20 minutes, making the best possible start and hoping for more of the same in the rest of the clash. With the momentum on his side, Roger forced an error from Filip at the beginning of the second set to grab an instant break, wasting more chances in the fifth game and allowing the Serb to pull the break back at 3-4 after a forced error from Federer's backhand.

Staying focused, Roger earned another break in the ninth game thanks to a terrible mistake from Krajinovic at the net, bringing the set home in the next game to take a massive advantage after just 59 minutes of play. Filip kicked off the third set with a double fault, handing a break to Roger and falling 4-1 down after another break from the Swiss who increased the gap to 5-1 with a hold at 15.

Serving to stay in the match in the seventh game, the Serb suffered another break to propel the Swiss into the last 32, with the veteran looking really sharp after the opening two rounds.