Federer with problems in opening match – AO 2010 – Day 2

January 20, 2010 by
Filed under: Australian Open, Roger Federer 

federer australian open 2010 Roger Federer had unexpected problems with Igor Andreev in his opening match at the Australian Open 2010. The World No.1 played at a lower level and allowed the Russian to grab the first set 6-4, after leading with a break.

In general the entire match was filled with breaks of serve. Roger recovered fast and stepped up a gear to win second set, 6-2. The third one was really tight with numerous breaks for each side. Andreev ended up with 3 set points, on serve. He failed to grab them hitting 3 unforced errors.

Federer grabbed the last break of the set to send it into a tiebreaker, which he comfortably won. Andreev collapsed in the 4th set both mentally and physically, to surrender 0-6.

Day 2 did not provide any major upsets. All seeds went trough to the next round, both in the Men’s as in the Women’s Singles tournaments.

The match of the day and the match of the tournament so far, was the 5 set thriller played between Mikhail Youzhny and Richard Gasquet. This was the last match of the day at the Margaret Court Arena. It went to the distance lasting almost 5 hours.

The Russian won it after coming back from 2-0. Gasquet won the first two sets 7-6(9), 6-4 and seemed to cruise to a straight sets win. However, Youzhny came back to tie it at 2-2 after winning 2 tiebreaks. The first one at 2 and the second one at 4.

The 5th set was an endurance battle. Both player had their moments when they started cramping and began to limp on the court. Youzhny was the first one and Gasquet went on break up. The Frenchman collapsed too, and allowed the Russian a 6-4 win in the decider.

Here are the main seeds which qualified for the next round after today’s matches: The Williams sisters, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic for the Women’s tournament.

Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Verdasco, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas for the Men’s Singles tournament.

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