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Australian Open 2018, Round 3: Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet, Live Match Updates

Federer def Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 to enter R4
Updated: 20 January 2018 17:46 IST - Published: 20 January 2018 14:22 IST
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Federer thundered down 12 aces and had 42 winners.He was broken just once in the entire match while he broke Gasquet five times.

Pretty good stats from the defending champion!
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Federer is through to the Round of 16 with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win.
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WIN


And Federer manages to get another match point on the Gasquet serve and he CONVERTS it with a running backhand down the line!
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A classy backhand down the line by Gasquet to erase it!
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And Federer has his first match point here!
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Federer held and is now putting pressure on the Gasquet serve
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We are back on level terms here.

4-4
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BREAK

Gasquet's efforts have paid off!

He breaks Roger for the first time in this match!

Roger still leads 4-3
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And Federer saves it with a good serve down the T.


Deuce
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First break point for Gasquet after a down the line winner
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No more service break in this set so far.

Federer cruising at 4-2
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Solid service game from Gasquet.

Trails 1-3
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Federer holds to 30

It's 3-0 to the maestro
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BREAK

It's an early break for Federer in Set 3.

2-0
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And Gasquet sends the ball out!

The set goes to Federer.

7-5

Gasquet played well for the whole set only to lose it at the very end.
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Big backhand from Federer to earn a break point as well as a set point!
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Federer holds and leads 6-5
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Roger still hasn't been able to find success on returns.

Gasquet delivers on serve and it is 5-5
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Roger is now one game away from taking this set. 

5-4

Still no service break in this set
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Tough for Gasquet as he is denied a challenge since Hawkeye is down.

He made it 30-30 and wanted to challenge Federer's wide serve, which was overruled as good.

Federer held for 4-3
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Gasquet served his way out of trouble.

3-3
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Roger held for a 3-2 lead.

Can he make in-roads into the Gasquet serve here?
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Gasquet produced a thunderous forehand down the line to hold.

It's 2-2 in Set 2.
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It's 1-1 in Set 2.

Federer pushed Gasquet out of the court with wide angles off his backhand, but Gasquet held on.
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BREAK and SET


It's a walk in the park for the Swiss!

Gasquet wilted under pressure from Federer and concedes yet another break to give him the set.

6-2 to Federer
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Federer consolidated that break, holding his serve to 30.Gasquet responded with a comfortable service game after that.

It's a 4-2 advantage for the World No. 2.
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BREAK

The first major moment of the match is here!

With a brilliant forehand winner, Federer breaks to lead 3-1
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After both held their serves to love in the first couple of games, Federer's second service game turns to be competitive.

But the maestro manages to hold to 30.

Roger leads 2-1
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Both players doing well on serve so far.

1-1
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We are under way!
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of Day 6 of the 2018 Australian Open. We shall bring you live updates from Roger Federer's third round match against Richard Gasquet.

While Federer is seeded second and is the defending champion, Gasquet is seeded 29th. Federer's mastery over the Frenchman is well-known with the Swiss having a whopping 16-2 head-to-head record over the Frenchman.

It is expected to be another win for the 19-time Grand Slam champion tonight. He has been in good form so far at this tournament. Even though he did have a few hiccups on serve, he has managed to raise his level under pressure and win both his matches in straight sets.

His biggest test so far has been in the second round where he was taken to the tie-break in the third set by Jan-Lennard Struff.

Gasquet too has been impressive and hasn't dropped a set so far. His only competitive set so far was in the first round itself where Blaz Kavcic stretched him to 7-5 in third set.

Gasquet has the experience and can make it competitive for the maestro for a while. But the Swiss should manage to put him aside and march to R4.