Roger Federer produced a trademark masterclass as the six-time Australian Open winner crushed Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to continue his first-week progression at the first major of the year.
Victory for the 38-year-old third seed puts Federer into the third round here for the 21st straight year in Melbourne.
He completed the demo job on Krajinovic on a third match point in an efficient 93 minutes.
“I’m very happy, it’s been a great start to the season so far,” Federer said. “I’m feeling great and relaxed on court.
“I trained hard in the off season and I’m hoping it pays off.”
The Swiss with 20 Grand Slam titles took just 20 minutes to race through the opening set, taking a 5-0 lead at the pace of three minutes per game.
Federer started the second set with a break as his Melbourne Park juggernaut gained pace. The 41st-ranked Krajinovic struggled to finally get it back for 4-all, only to immediately drop serve as Federer stayed in control.
One more game and the Swiss led by two sets to love after an hour on court.
Overly strict British chair James Keothavong handed the seething Serb a racquet abuse warning as Krajinovic quietly broke his stick over his knee at the changeover in pure frustration.
Trailing 2-1 in the third, Krajinovic was seen by the trainer and doctor with his right arm getting the attention.
After four matches – all won by Federer – Krajinovic has managed to win just one set.
The Serb was somewhat the worse for wear after Monday’s rainstorm forced him to finish off a five-set victory only on Tuesday.
Federer, holder of 103 career titles won his 99th match at the tournament as he plays his first event of the season after skipping the ATP Cup.
He next takes on Australian John Millman, a match-up which will test the loyalties of local fans.
“I’ve trained a lot with him,” Federer said. “I almost passed out when I played him in New York at the US Open (2018).
“It was so hot, but it was normal for him since he’s from Queensland.”
“He’s an unbelievably tough opponent, there are not many guys fitter; he gets the most out of his game.”.