This past Thursday Wawrinka the 30-year-old Lausanne native cruised into the Australian Open’s third round after demolishing Radek Stepanek in a 6-2 6-3 6-4 second round victory. Federer’s compatriot dispatched 43 winnings strokes while converting five of the 12 break points to seal his victory in just more than two hours in the HiSense arena.
The Melbourne Park tournament has a special meaning for “Stanimal” as its centre courts mark the occasion where “Stan the Man” achieved his first Grand Slam victory in the Australian Open, after stunning Novak Djokovic in a flaming quarterfinals match before narrowly defeating Rafael Nadal in the men’s singles finals match.
The Swiss tennis sensation went on to further excellence at last year’s Roland Garros where he added the second major title to his career stats, after defeating the Serbian national and ultimately denying Djokovic his calendar Grand Slam.
The third round of the Australian Open sees fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka face off against 51st ranked Lucas Rosol from the Czech Republic, who caused an upset in American Jack Sock’s plans for the Australian Open by defeating the 25th seed 7-6 7-6 6-3 in their first round match.
Roger Rallies through
The 3rd-seeded Roger Federer, on the same day that heralded countryman Wawrinka’s victory, raced through to claim his own victory over the 35th ranked Alexander Dolgopolov, his latest victory over the Ukrainian sees the Swiss tennis legend maintain a perfect victory score against the 27-year-old Kiev resident.
Federer was well aware of Dolgopolov’s level of fitness after their partnering for practice sessions in Dubai during the off season, which gave the former world no 1 the insight to know Dolgopolov had the speed, fitness, as well as tennis IQ to create a certain measure of difficulty in the “Swiss Wizz’s“ pursuit of his fifth Australian Open crown.
The crowd gathered in Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena saw Federer dispatch of Dolgopolov in three straight sets 6-3 7-5 6-1 by quite simply serving dust into his 27-year-old adversary eyes, where he in the process recorded 25 ace serves that assisted in charting his 88% winning first serve points.
His second round victory now brings Rodger Federer up against 27th-seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in what promises to be a third-round gem, after the 28-year-old Bulgarian forced his way past Argentinean Marco Trungelliti by defeating him in four sets during their second-round match.