Roger Federer sets up Bernard Tomic showdown with easy win

Roger Federer tossed aside old rival Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets to set up a third-round showdown with Bernard Tomic.

The 17-time grand slam champion had few problems with the quirky, 40th-ranked Russian, winning 6-3 6-4 6-4 in a minute shy of two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

The win set up what should be a tournament highlight on Saturday, an intriguing match-up between the four-time Australian Open champion and the confident, 20-year-old home hope Tomic.

"It's a similar situation to last year, it's just a round earlier, I guess," Federer said, referring to last year's straight-sets win over Tomic in the fourth round.

"It's nice to see Bernard playing better again, he had a rough end to the season last year, so he's had a wonderful start this year and I hope he can keep it and get back to a big ranking."

Federer stretched his record over Davydenko to 18-2 with a dominant performance containing three service breaks from 13 break point opportunities.

The world No 2 is on a run of 34 straight grand slam quarter-finals and is on course to face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final next week.

Federer is bidding to become only the second man in the history of the Australian Open to win the title a fifth time, following Australian Roy Emerson's six victories in the 1960s.

Federer soon had Davydenko under pressure, breaking the Russian's service in the sixth game, and he cruised to the opening set in 42 minutes.

He followed up with a service break in Davydenko's opening service game to take the second set in a similar time and broke him again in the first game of the final set to steam home.

Roger Federer wore black shoes, with pink trim and pink shoelaces in his second round win over Nikolay Davydenko.

Talking to former World No. 1 Jim Courier afterwards, Federer joked, “It was time for a change from the red, blue, black and white ensembles. It is nice to experiment with the colours. I hope people like it? I wore a pink shirt a few years ago, so I hope this does well too."

Date: 17th January 2013, Source: The Australian


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