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Feisty Federer embraces heat in Hisense sprint

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer spent as little time as he needed and gave Blaz Kavcic a tennis lesson in recording a 6-2 6-1 7-6 victory to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. Playing under the closed roof of Hisense Arena due to the extreme heat that had earlier suspended play on the uncovered courts, Federer raced through the first set in 26 minutes with a strong service game and by belting 17 winners.

Tennis: Federer shows the Edberg touch in Kavcic win

An aggressive Roger Federer showed some of the Stefan Edberg influence as he dominated Blaz Kavcic to power into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion was in irresistible touch, reeling off the opening two sets in quick time before carving out a 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) win in one hour 47 minutes on Hisense Arena. Federer, under the coaching of former Grand Slam champion Edberg, employed an aggressive approach early in the match and could literally do nothing wrong, firing winner after winner.

Tennis: Sublime Federer beats Kavcic to reach third round

Roger Federer reeled off some of his best tennis to claim a commanding straight-sets win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion was in irresistible form in the opening two sets before winning 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in one hour 47 minutes on Hisense Arena. Federer, playing away from the main Rod Laver Arena court for the first time in 10 years, faced Kavcic with the stadium roof closed because of the tournament's extreme heat policy.

Tennis: Federer wins to reach third round

Swiss sixth seed Roger Federer stormed into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic on Thursday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion played brilliantly in the opening two sets before winning 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in one hour 47 minutes. rsm/mp

Tennis: Federer, Murray ease through as Hewitt bows out

Roger Federer and Andy Murray spent mercifully little time on court but Lleyton Hewitt bowed out in a five-set thriller as temperatures rose at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner, made light work of Australian wildcard James Duckworth, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour 46 minutes as temperatures hovered around 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit). Three-time runner-up Andy Murray was on court for one hour 27 minutes to register a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over Japan's Go Soeda.

Tennis: Federer out to prove he's no spent force under Edberg

Roger Federer says he's ready to prove he's not a spent force after making a winning start under new coach Stefan Edberg at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam title winner made light work of Australian wildcard James Duckworth, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour 46 minutes in heatwave conditions on Rod Laver Arena. Federer has more Grand Slam titles than any other player but only one, Wimbledon 2012, in the last four years. He is currently ranked at world number six.

Federer through to second round in straight sets

Four-time champion Roger Federer cruised past local hope James Duckworth to win his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Swiss sixth seed won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour 46 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. rsm/th

Tennis: 'Dream' start for Federer under Edberg

Four-time champion Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam match under new coach Stefan Edberg with a straight-sets victory in intense heat at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Swiss sixth seed cruised past Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour 46 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. The record 17-time Grand Slam title winner teamed up with former world number one and six-time major champion Edberg last month.

Tennis: Greats Federer and Laver trade shots in Melbourne

Two of the greatest ever tennis players, Rod Laver and Roger Federer, traded a few shots for the first time on Wednesday, with the usually unflappable Swiss champion admitting he was nervous. Australian legend Laver, the only man twice to have won all four grand slam tournaments in a calendar year, surprised 17-time grand slam tournament winner Federer at the charity event in Melbourne.

Hewitt beats Federer for title at Brisbane International

International Sports Desk, Jan 5 (EFE).- Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the world No. 60, defeated Switzerland's Roger Federer, the top seed, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 Sunday in the final at the Brisbane International tournament in Brisbane, Australia. "It's been a couple years. So I was just ready for the challenge today. Played great obviously at the start, really well. Took Roger little bit of time to get into the match," Hewitt said. The victory gave the 32-year-old Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner, his first ATP title since 2010.
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