Djokovic vs Ito: The Tennis is raising funds for people Live Stream Watch On HD Tv Channel The Australian Open in 2020 affected by Australia’s bushfires. Five things we learned on Day 1 of AO 2020 What’s On at the Australian Open in 2020 .The second set was one-way traffic for Federer.
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who won 16 of the first 18 points and sprinted to a 4–0 lead. Even when Johnson made the correct play, he was often reduced to a spectator as he watched Federer whip winners past him. Federer landed 80 per cent of his first serves (16/20), consistently setting himself up for one-two punches to end points. A forehand winner from the Swiss, his 26th of the match, gave him a commanding two-sets lead.
Federer opened the third set by once again jumping out in front with an early break. He comfortably served out the match on his first try to wrap up play after just 85 minutes. Federer improved to 3–0 in his ATP Head2Head with Johnson and has yet to drop a set against the American.
After 21 consecutive appearances at the Australian Open, Roger Federer is familiar with every inch of Rod Laver Arena. The third-seeded Swiss brought the level of comfort that dozens of matches on a court can provide to his opening-round clash with Steve Johnson, sweeping aside the American 6–3, 6–2, 6–2 in a breathtaking display.
Federer said in his pre-tournament press conference that his expectations for this fortnight were low, but the six-time champion may want to raise them after his latest performance. He broke the American five times and remains unbeaten in first round matches in Melbourne (21–0). Federer hasn’t lost his opening match at a Grand Slam since 2003.
”I think I became a better player. Thirty-two seeds helped, to keep more of these better-ranked players away. When I came up on Tour, there were only 16 seeds,” Federer said of his early-round success at Grand Slams. “I guess I created a game which allowed me to manage all kinds of opponents.
”I’m happy that I was able to manage those first rounds. As we know, they can always be very tricky. That’s why [ATP] Masters 1000 [tournaments] are tough sometimes. You can play a Top 20 player in the first round and that’s when it gets tough.”
You May Also Like: Federer Prepared For ‘Tricky Situation’ To Start Australian OpenJohnson arrived with confidence after winning an ATP Challenger Tour event last week in Bendigo. But his off-pace slice backhands and chip forehand returns played into Federer’s strengths, allowing the Swiss to attack with his forehand and move forward. A forehand volley winner gave Federer an immediate break in Johnson’s opening service game and he led 4–1 after 18 minutes.
Rain briefly brought both players off the court so the roof could be closed, but it did little to disrupt Federer’s momentum. He continued to coast in his service games and grabbed the early advantage.
Next up for Federer is Serbian Filip Krajinovic or French qualifier Quentin Halys.Fortunately, the meteorological concern on Day One: rain, and not air quality. After so much discussion, quite rightly, about this event and its ability to handle unsafe conditions wrought by the bushfires ravaging so much of the country, conditions today were merely damp, not dangerous. Some 32 first round matches were cancelled or moved on Monday due to rain delays. Mother Nature is a fickle character. Who knows what she has in mind for the next 13 days — which way she’ll blow her winds, whether the atmosphere will have the equivalent of a fever? But for all the talk about delaying — or even cancelling — this event, air quality was, happily, a non-issue today.
Serena Williams is 38 years old, ranked №8 and hasn’t won a major in three years. And you would never know any of it watching her today. Armed with butane torches off both wings, she didn’t so much beat Anastasia Potapova 6–0, 6–3 as she performed a public humiliation. This marked Serena’s 350 match win at a major — only Federer has more — and she looked very much like a player capable of winning six more. Serena’s troubles of late, of course, have come in the trophy-adjacent rounds, not in the early rounds. But what a way to kick off her campaign.
From one 38-year-old parent to another….Federer followed Serena on court and, in scarcely the time it takes to read this column, rolled over Stevie Johnson, 6–3, 6–2, 6–1, in 81 minutes. One match is not a data set. But his much-scrutinized decision to change up his schedule and play no tune-up events before this tournament? Sure seemed wise today. Federer is on the Djokovic half of the draw. But, man, look at the Federer quadrant — note: Denis Shapovalov fell quietly — and it bodes well.
Coco Gauff continues to summon her future. A lot has happened since she beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon, marking her breakthrough. Coco won titles in both doubles and singles. She acquitted herself well amid the hype of the U.S. Open. She negotiated her ascending stardom. Today, in an unlikely rematch with Venus, she was again equal to the task, winning 7–6, 6–3, with a mix of aggression and nuance. A moment, though, to applaud Venus Williams. There’s something so poignant about watching an athlete, crowding age 39, who still finds such joy and fulfillment in the simple act of competing.
Naomi Osaka began her title defense with a businesslike win over Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic. Since failing to defend her title at the U.S. Open — falling to Belinda Bencic, hardly a bad loss — Osaka has won 15 of 16 matches. (And in the one defeat, she had match point before falling to Karolina Pliskova.) How does she feel as defending champion? “Yeah, I mean, for me it’s really odd here. I just feel really happy. I think, I don’t know, I don’t really have this mentality of, I’m, like, defending now. It’s really weird.” Circle that potential quarterfinal against S. Williams.