Even though the pair had never met before on the ATP tour, Slovenian Aljaz Bedene couldn’t have hoped for an upset against defending champion and world no.2 Roger Federer. As both men stepped out on court Rod Laver Arena it fast became clear the world no.51 didn’t possess the weapons to trouble the 19 time Grand Slam champion in the slightest. In just one hour and 39 minutes Federer stormed into the second round with a score-line of 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Roger warming up.

The opening salvo was over in 26 minutes, before Bedene could play himself into form and establish a much needed rhythm against the champion. Federer’s first service games were won to love and at 2-1 Federer already broke through the former player of Great Britain with a trademark forehand winner up the line. Federer continues to take the returns early but Bedene just about avoids the insurance break for Federer. At 5-3 Federer takes the first set, courtesy of yet another forehand winner. 6-3 to Federer. Smooth sailing.

Federer plays the backhand slice on the run

Much to the delight of the Australian crowd Federer pulls out the SABR (Sneak Attack By Roger) on break point in the opening service game of the second set and finishes it with a sumptuous slam dunk. Federer is showing great willingness to attack the net at every opportunity he gets. His Wimbledon-esque all-white attire matches his serve & volley minded tactics. On cruise control, Federer however, has to wipe away two break points at 3-1. He does with considerable applaud, as a service winner and an incredible whipped forehand into the corner gets the former world no.1 to deuce. Two points later Federer had held yet again.

Bedene matches Federer’s intensity and he’s rewarded with a couple of good holds but wouldn’t threaten Federer on his serve again in the set. Being 5-3 down Bedene saves three set points on his own serve to make Federer serve it out. A sign of mortality from the great Swiss player as he butchers a drop shot that doesn’t even get close to his mark. Still, Federer serves himself to a two set lead as his delivery out wide proves too mighty for Bedene to handle. Second set: 6-4, Federer

Federer fistpumps his way to a 2 set lead

In the third game of the third set Federer gets his nose in front, breaking Bedene’s serve with yet another forehand winner up the line. Surely now, Bedene’s confidence has deserted him. He has literally tried everything to rattle Federer’s game and the Swiss player has looked rock solid throughout. Bedene, who hasn’t gotten to the second round Down Under in six tries isn’t going to get his breakthrough this time either.

A couple of games later the mercurial Swiss is serving for the match. Up three match points he squanders the first two, but a missed backhand into the net from Bedene finally sends Federer’s campaign rolling at this year’s Australian Open. Final score: 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

As John McEnroe asks Federer in an hilarious on-court post-match interview -co-starred by the anchorman Will Ferrell himself – how on earth he still moves like he does Federer’s reply is a witty one. “A lot of vacations!” he gleefully responds.

Will Ferrell and John McEnroe provide the post-match entertainment

Federer faces Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round. Let’s just hope Struff has enjoyed a long, sunny holiday himself if he’s to have a chance against Federer in this type of form.

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