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Australian Open 2018, Day 2: Roger Federer vs Aljaz Bedene, Live Match Updates

Federer def Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to enter R2
Updated: 16 January 2018 15:34 IST - Published: 16 January 2018 12:29 IST
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It wasn't flawless from the legend but was good enough for a comfortable first round win and get a feel of the things.


And that wraps up our live coverage of this match. Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us tomorrow for the second round coverage of the 2018 Australian Open.

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Goodbye!
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The defending champion is now on an eight-match winning streak at the Melbourne Park!!!!
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Federer began the match in a thunderous fashion, struggled a bit on serve but his tennis was always good enough on the major points to get an easy win
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Final score: Federer wins 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
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Bedene promptly dumps a backhand into the net and gifts the win to Federer
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And a forehand error from Federer saves a second one
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Big forehand from Bedene to save one
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3 match points now
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The 19-time Slam champion is now 30-0 on the Bedene serve and is 2 points away from the win
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Federer's serve has been a cause of concern all through this set. But the legends finds a way to raise his level on the crucial points.

Holds and leads 5-3
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Federer helps him with a wild forehand.

Game to Bedene

Trails 3-4
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Bedene wins the exchange and gets a round of applause!
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And yet another buttery smooth backhand down the line from the second seed!


Deuce
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What an effortless backhand down the line from the Swiss!


30-30 on the Bedene serve
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And holds as well.


It's 4-2 in favour of the Swiss
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But Federer soon erases it!
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Wow! What a return from Bedene down the line!

Deuce
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Federer's serve is again getting tested here.

30-30
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Federer fumbles at the net and the game goes to Bedene.

Federer leads 3-2 with a break
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Bedene gets 2 game points but his errors are preventing him from getting a quick hold
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Bedene sliced but Federer found a smashing backhand winner!

Wow! What a point!
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It's just a matter of minutes before Federer seals his second round spot!
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Smooth as butter is Federer's service game now!


He makes it a 3-1 lead
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And the maestro breaks here!


Leads 2-1
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Hilarious moment!

A baby is wailing in the crowd and Federer says, "Not mine!"
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Federer earns 3 bps straightaway but Bedene is showing a lot of resistance here
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And Federer holds and makes it 1-1
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Bedene found the opening and overpressed his forehand.

Game point to Federer
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It's a comfortable start for Bedene.

Federer is struggling a bit on serve and is now on deuce
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Some pressure on the Federer serve as Bedene made it 30-30.


But Federer overcomes and wins the game, and the set!

6-4
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And Bedene survives and holds!

Trails 4-5
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Bedene saves that earns a game point with a beautiful crosscourt forehand.
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What a crosscourt forehand from Federer!


Whack! And Bedene has no answer!

3rd set point for the Swiss
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Federer leads 5-3 now
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Serving at 4-3, Federer faced a bit of pressure on his serve as Bedene made it 30-30.

But he found his 8th ace to get out of trouble
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And Federer continues to stroll through his first round match.

4-2
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Bedene holds and Federer is up 3-2
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Bedene presented a challenge and Federer overcomes it with aplomb!

Leads 3-1
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And Federer saves both!

Moved so quickly and saved the last one with a forehand down the line!
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Some excellent returns from Bedene to have 2 bps on the Federer serve!
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And a backhand error from the maestro as well.

Bedene holds and trails 1-2
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A rare crosscourt forehand error from Federer
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Shall we have another break here?
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30-30

Federer changing directions effortlessly
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Federer consolidates and leads 2-0 now
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And the maestro begins Set 2 with a break!


Used his backhand for a sizzling return and smashed it hard to break.

1-0
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And Federer wraps the comfortable first set.

6-3
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Uh oh! Federer makes a mess of a swing volley!

Very rare!
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A very easy service game from Bedene to make it 3-5
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This is a very good start from the defending champion.