20 January 2011

Federer survives Simon scare at Melbourne to proceed to third round

Roger Federer , the defending champion at Melbourne survived an early exit as Giles Simon pressed the mighty Swiss to limits , atlast able to secure  win by 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round match. 

After taking 2-0 lead, Simon changed his gears and went on taking the next two sets, hence pressurised Federer to produce something of substance to let his chances going into retaining his title.Taking his earlier two encounters into play Giles Simon has beaten him, and it was looking as if Federer would just be taking a ticket back to Switzerland. This also would have been the first time since 2003 he would have been ousted in a Grand Slam , last time being the 2003 French Open .

But despite all, Federer kept his nerves strong , and kept his fist pumping as he went on to win final tense games. Finally he was able to break Simon's serve at 4-2, ultimately sealing the Frenchmen fate on a 6-3 set loss.

"I remained positive ... it paid off. I got lucky. I'm happy I'm still in the tournament," said the relaxed Federer.
"It's going fast, he's moving fast, it's just impressive," Simon said. "There are not too many players able to play to this level."
Results of some other important matches are given as under:

Women's Singles (2nd round)
Francesca Schiavone def Rebecca Marino  ( 6-3, 5-7, 9-7)                                       
Wozniacki def  Vania King (6-1, 6-0 )                                                           
Venus Williams def Sandra Zahlavova  (6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4)                                        
Justin Henin def.  Elena Baltacha (6-1, 6-3)                                                          
Kuznetsova def. Arantxa ( 6-1, 6-4)                                                                      
Victoria Azarenka def. Andrea Hlavackova (6-4, 6-4)                                             
Men's doubles (1st Round)

Daniel Nestor , Max Mirnyi def.  James Duckworth and Benjamin Mitchell  (6-3, 6-3) 

Men's Singles(2nd Round)

Andy Roddick def  Igor Kunitsyn ( 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-3)                                               
Novak Djokovic def. Ivan Dodig (7-5, 6-7 (10), 6-0, 6-2)                                          
Tommy Robredo def. Mardy Fish (1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3)                                            
Fernando Verdasco def.  Janko Tipsarevic ( 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0), 6-0)                  
Tomas Berdych def. Philipp Kohlschreiber  (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4)                            
Viktor Troicki def. Nicolas Mahut (6-4, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3)                                           


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