The defending champion and world no. 3, Roger Federer from Switzerland survived a close clash with qualifier Daniel Evans, the world no. 190 of Great Britain 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3.
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Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Roger Federer of Switzerlandas serves in his second round match against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day three of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Neither player faced any break points throughout the first set, resulting in a tiebreak. Both players struggled to hold serve in the beginning of the tiebreak, but it was Evans who got the lead at 5-2. From there Federer was able to win all the next points due to both unforced and forced errors off the strings of the Brit.
In the second set, Federer broke in the opening game, and was able to keep this break and hold his own serve until he was leading 5-4, and trying to serve out the set. Evans got two break points in this game, brought up by a double fault from Federer. The first was saved, but a backhand winner gave Evans his first break of the match. Both men then held their serve, taking the second set to a tiebreak. Federer took an early lead in the tiebreak, and went on to win it 7-3, claiming the last point with an ace.
The only break in the third set was in the fourth game and it was in favour of the Swiss, who lead 3-1. Federer served for the match at 5-3, winning it with a backhand slice winner down the line.
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Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Daniel Evans of Great Britain plays a backhand in his second round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day three of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
It was a very tight match, with Evans really nipping at Federer’s heels, particularly in the early stages of the match. Federer said in his on-court interview at the conclusion of the match that is was almost like looking in the mirror watching Evans play on the other side of the court. The Brit was able to consistently hit a good slice backhand, allowing him to put up a good fight against the world no. 3. Federer said it feels that it was maybe a stronger serve and more consistency that allowed him to win the match.
Federe will face either Taylor Fritz of the USA or Gael Monfils of France in the third round at Melbourne Park on Friday.