Roger Federer faced Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan in his opening match at this year’s Aussie open and he proceeded to win in routine fashion. The 6-4 6-2 7-5, straight sets victory was a typical Federer opening match at a grand slam where he expends just enough energy to get the job done without feeling the need to crush his opponent. Sending out a message to the opposition is not his style.
The Swiss man, looking for his fifth Australian Open title, started in fine fashion, breezing through his service games while putting immense pressure on Lu’s. He finally got the break in the 5th game of the opening set and after taking the set 6-4, went two breaks ahead in the second set to lead 5-2.
But that’s when things got interesting as Lu finally got his teeth into Federer’s service game. The Swiss didn’t help his own cause with a couple of double faults. But he managed to hold in the end and in the process take the second set 6-2.
The beginning of the third set saw Federer again struggle on his serve. He later attributed it to the changing conditions as the evening transitioned to nightfall. The duo would hold until the eleventh game where Federer stepped up his level and broke Lu. He then served out the routine win without any fuss.
Overall it was a good match for Roger. He displayed his attacking style of tennis throughout the match and although he made a few errors, he still stuck to his game plan. Lu also played well, trying to stay with Roger despite the obvious gap in level & skill and making sure Federer earned this victory. There were enough Federer specials in this match to please his fans including a sumptuous drop shot and an insane backhand winner he hit between the net post & the ball kid into the corner!
Federer faces Italian Simon Bolelli next who took out Juan Monaco. Hope that is a night match so that he gets used to the conditions. Inevitably the latter round matches will be night affairs and we don’t want unfamiliar conditions to play a factor in those clashes.
Also happy Birthday Stephan Edberg! 🙂