If Rafael Nadal was shaky, Roger Federer was magnificent in winning through his third round at the Australian Open 2010 tennis. The World Number One beat Albert Montanes of Spain in straight sets with a break of serve in each – 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Federer did not have to face a single break point in a match where his serve was solid and his ground shots high class.
Montanes, as so many of Federer’s opponents are apt, seemed to lift his game, leading the Swiss to comment, after the match, that “I expected him to miss a bit more”
This led to a closer match than perhaps many had expected – in the second set, the scores were 4-4 before Federer converted his only break point of the set. In the third, however, the top seed showed his class by breaking at the first opportunity and serving out for the match.
Federer will face an altogether more difficult challenge against home hopeful Lleyton Hewitt who was cruising to victory against Marcos Baghdatis when the Cypriot retired through injury. The score was 6-0, 4-2 at the time. Both Hewitt and Federer will be fresh, following straightforward passage to this stage.