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Roger Federer Live Match - Australian Open - Federer vs Denis Istomin - Match Highlights

Federer def Istomin 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to enter Round 2.
Updated: 14 January 2019 17:52 IST - Published: 13 January 2019 21:42 IST
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And that wraps up our live coverage for the day. Do join us tomorrow for more live updates from the Australian Open.

It's a goodbye from all of us at Sportskeeda.
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The six-time Australian Open champion is through to Round 2.Wasn't much of a hassle! That was the brightest start Federer could possibly have in his quest for his seventh title.
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Final score: Federer def Istomin 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
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Federer serves out the match to 15.
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The defending champion gets the job done!
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Istomin finds his way out of trouble and Federer is now serving for the match at 5-4
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Istomin saves a match point on his serve with an ace!
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After yet another fine service game, Federer is now one game away from a win.

He is up 5-3
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And he holds!

Istomin trails 3-4 now.
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But Istomin responds with a crosscourt backhand!

30-15 on the Istomin serve!
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Federer is making Istomin run to every corner of the court now. Absolutely tiring him out!
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Federer is sprinting like a youngster! Looking fresh as ever!

It's 4-2 to Federer
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Roger makes his persistent efforts count!

A stubborn Istomin finally collapsed on his third break point!


Federer BREAKS and now he is 3-2 up!
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With his 12th ace, Federer holds his serve.

It's 2-2 now.
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It's a hugely comfortable game from Istomin.

He held and now leads 2-1.
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And Federer holds breezily after that!

It's 1-1 in the third set!
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What a dropshot from Roger from the baseline!

At deuce, the man had show some magic and he does! 
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It's an enormous service hold from Istomin's after fighting his way back from a break point down.

He is 1-0 up.

Can he do some damage on the return now?
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Can Federer break Istomin early in the third set? 
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Second set is in Federer's bag!

Federer is two sets to love up!!!!!

6-4

Just another set needed for Federer to canter into Round 2.
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Breezy hold for Istomin.

He holds his serve to love to trail 4-5.

Federer will now serve for the second set.
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The third seed held his serve and it's 5-3 for Federer now
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That emboldens Istomin and he wriggles his way out of trouble!

Federer will now serve at 4-3
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Federer pushes the return wide and Istomin's comes up with a fabulous inside-out forehand winner!
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Danger time for Istomin!

Federer has a break point!
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But, just like that, Federer recovers and holds his serve.

It's 4-2 to the defending champion.
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But here's a bit of lapse in focus.

It's a double fault from his racquet and its deuce.
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Roger is moving like a sprightly teenager even at the age of 37.

Does that man ever age?
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It was yet another struggle for Istomin. He concedes another couple of points to Federer but holds his serve.

Federer will now serve at 3-2.
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Istomin's managed to take a couple of points off the Federer serve.

But that was all he could do.

Federer holds, anyway.

Up 3-1
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BREAK!

It's an early break of serve for Federer!

Under pressure, Istomin's groundstrokes leaked errors and Federer capitalized.

It's 2-1 to Roger.
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Istomin's attempt to involve Federer into a long rally did not bear fruit as he sent a crosscourt forehand wide.

Federer holds his serve to 30.

1-1
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Istomin began second set promisingly, holding to 30.

He is 1-0 and Federer will serve now.
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With 7 Aces and 17 winners, Federer wraps up the first set 6-3.

It's been a walk in the park for the Swiss maestro so far.
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Federer held to love with yet another ace!

The man is not doing anything wrong at the moment!

It's 5-2 to Federer.
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Istomin managed to avoid further danger and held his serve.

It's 4-2 to Federer now.
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Federer is 4-1 up and has the first point on the Istomin serve.

Is a break coming again?
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion is simply in cruise control mode right now!He holds to 15.Can he break again?
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 Federer's bruising forehand winners do the damage now!

It's a BREAK for Federer!

He goes 3-1 up!
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Federer's backhands are absolutely on point as he forces his opponent into errors.

It's 2-1 to Federer.

No breaks of serve so far. 
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Istomin showed amazing resilience to save a break point and hold his serve.

It's 1-1 now.
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Good afternoon!


The defending champion is on court and has started his match smoothly.

With an effortless service game, Federer has opened up a 1-0 lead over Denis Istomin.