AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Federer Hits 70 In Melbourne
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer won his 70th match at the Australian Open on Thursday as he defeated Blaz Kavcic 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(4) to reach the third round at Melbourne Park.
With the Extreme Heat Policy in effect, the roof was closed on Hisense Arena as Federer prevailed in his first contest with Kavcic in one hour and 47 minutes. The Swiss hit 52 winners and limited Kavcic to just 11. He broke the Slovenian six times from 11 opportunities. Up until today, Federer had played 63 successive matches on Rod Laver Arena.
"I'm happy on a hot day like this," said Federer. "It was a good first two sets I thought. I played really aggressive and it worked out. Third set I think he was more consistent. He served better. In the process, it got closer. I'm happy I got it done in three.
"It was nice, I enjoyed [playing on Hisense]. It's not really different to Rod Laver Arena. Just dimensions feel the same. I don't feel like you need to make an adjustment. The crowds were really nice. Great atmosphere over there. I was happy playing there."
Four-time former champion Federer is the first player to reach the 70 wins milestone at Melbourne Park. He lifted the trophy here in 2004, 2006-07 and 2010. It is the eighth time that a player has won at least 70 matches at a Grand Slam tournament.
MATCH WINS LEADERS BY GRAND SLAM
|Australian Open||Roger Federer||70-10|
|Roland Garros||Rafael Nadal||59-1|
|US Open||Jimmy Connors||98-17|
GRAND SLAM 70 MATCH WINS CLUB
|Jimmy Connors||98-17||US Open||5|
|Andre Agassi||79-19||US Open||2|
|Vic Seixas||75-27||US Open||1|
|Ivan Lendl||73-13||US Open||3|
|Bill Tilden||71-7||US Open||7|
|Pete Sampras||71-9||US Open||5|
|Roger Federer||70-10||Australian Open||4|