When John McEnroe joked with Roger Federer – ‘How old are you?’

At 38, Roger Federer was still among the players to beat at the beginning of 2020. Federer advanced into the Australian Open third round from as many trips down under, scoring two dominant victories to find himself in the last 32. In the second round, Roger needed an hour and 32 minutes to dismiss Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, thundering from start to finish to leave the Serb far behind and “force” an impressed John McEnroe to check again how old is he during an on-court interview. It was another dominant performance from the six-time Melbourne champion, firing 42 winners and making 14 unforced errors to have the upper hand and earn the 99th victory in the record-breaking 21st campaign at Melbourne Park. The Swiss gave away 19 points on serve, suffering one break in the second set and securing seven from 14 chances on the return to race towards the finish line.

Roger Federer stormed over Filip Krajinovic at the last year’s Australian Open.

In the opening set, Roger flew over the court, striking 13 winners and four unforced errors to outplay Krajinovic fair and square and make the best possible start. After the Serb’s backhand mistake, Federer grabbed a break in the second game and delivered another with a forehand winner at 3-0. The Swiss raced into a 5-0 advantage thanks to a forehand winner after only 15 minutes! Serving for the set at 5-1, Federer blasted four winners to wrap up the opener in 20 minutes, looking sharp and determined to move over the top in no time.

With momentum on his side, Roger forced Filip’s error at the beginning of the second set to grab an instant break, wasting more chances at 3-1 and allowing the Serb to pull the break back at 3-4 after a forced error. Staying focused, Federer earned another break a few minutes later following Krajinovic’s terrible mistake at the net and brought the set home in the next game to move a set away from victory after only 59 minutes. Filip kicked off the third set with a double fault and handed a break to Roger, who grabbed additional return games at 3-1 and 5-1 to sail over the finish line and enter the last 32, as always at the season’s first Major.

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