the defending champion Roger Federer has made it with some effort in the third round of the Australian Open. The Swiss won 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (7:3), 6:3 against Briton Daniel Evans in the world rankings on the 189. Space is available and the qualifications needed. The victory over Evans was Federer’s 16. one after the other in Melbourne, he had won here in 2017 and 2018.
Evans was prior to doping, the number 41 in the world and Davis Cup winner lock because of cocaine use. He was in the first Tiebreak in the meantime 5:3 in the front and helped Federer with two volley errors back into the game. In the second round he fought back when the score was 3:5 the first two set of balls from Federer. The 37-Year-old was after 2:35 hours.
“He has played very well, it was not easy for me, depose me,” said Federer, who had won the two duels before with Evans: “I was happy to have the first set won. This was important to me.” With a seventh Triumph, Federer would be the sole record winner in Australia and its 100. Victory in the tournament and its 21. Grand-Slam-title.
The two-time Grand Slam Finalist Kevin Anderson from South Africa, however, is eliminated surprisingly in the second round. The world ranking of sixth, losing out to the 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6:4, 4:6, 4:6, 5:7. Anderson, who had reached in 2017, the final of the US Open, and in 2018 the final of Wimbledon, during the Match on the forearm to treat.
Anderson, after John Isner from the USA, the second Top-Ten player who is eliminated at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year early. A round further last year’s finalist Marin Cilic of Croatia, who had the 7:5, 6:7 (9:11), 6:4, 6:4 against the American, Mackenzie McDonald, however, also more effort than expected.
The former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has reached the third round. The number five of the Tennis world rank list defeated 6:3, 6:1 against Timea Babos from Hungary. In spite of the at the end a clear result of the success was after 1:35 hours. Stephens reached in the previous year, the final of the French Open and already in 2013 the semi-finals of the Australian Open.