Federer, Djokovic reach third round
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer and Marat Safin rolled to easy victories Wednesday against first-time opponents to reach the Australian Open's third round, where the familiarity factor will be much higher: They'll be playing each other.
Former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian, who appeared to be in form after winning in Sydney last week, was knocked out by unheralded Taiwanese player Yen-hsun Lu 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under four hours. The 25-year-old Lu had never advanced past the second round in 12 previous Slams.
With Swiss flags scattered around Rod Laver Arena, Federer gave notice he was on top of his game with back-to-back aces in the first game against Korolev, who collapsed in a cascade of mistakes every time Federer cranked up the pressure. The Russian finished with 44 unforced errors to just 15 for Federer.
Safin, a former world No. 1, beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. He will turn 29 next week and has said it is unlikely he will play after this year, so he's trying to enjoy what could be his farewell tour.
"I have nothing to lose," Safin said. "I'm going to go for it. Whatever comes, comes. He knows how to play against me; I know how to play against him."
Djokovic next faces Bosnian-born Amer Delic, of Jacksonville, Florida. Delic, who got a spot in the draw as a lucky loser from qualifying when other players withdrew, rallied from two sets down to beat No. 28 Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 1-6, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 9-7.
Delic beat American Taylor Dent in the first round. Dent's father Phil, a former Australian Davis Cup player, complained about unruly behavior from flag-waving Bosnian fans.
Delic anticipated an emotion-charged environment in the next round, saying he'd appeal for calm among his supporters, and expected Djokovic would do the same.
Among the men's seeded players advancing were No. 11 David Ferrer of Spain, No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, No. 19 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 20 Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic, and No. 21 Tommy Robredo of Spain and American Mardy Fish, seeded 23rd.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
2009 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Women's singles: Serena Williams, United States
Rafael Nadal, Spain
Men's doubles: Bob and Mike Bryan, United States
Women's doubles: Serena and Venus Williams, United States
Mixed doubles: Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi, India
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