The second day of the Australian Open for Roger Federer was a good one. He started his record 57th consecutive Grand Slam tournament with a straight-sets win in his first competitive match in front of new coach Stefan Edberg.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal made it to the second round when rival Bernard Tomic, who from the start was bothered by a left leg injury, retired from their match after losing the first set 6-4. Fans weren’t too happy about this.
Federer played the second match at Rod Laver Arena today, and the temperature topped 106 degrees during his 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory versus Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth. The 32 year-old kept the points as short as possible and gave No. 133-ranked Duckworth only one look at a break point in the 1-hour, 46-minute match.
According to YouWager experts Federer now owns the record for playing the most consecutive Grand Slam events. This marks yet another milestone in a career that has already resulted in 17 major titles for the ATP 6th ranked player.
Federer stated it was “great fun” to finally play in front of childhood hero Edberg, whom he hired on a part-time basis last month.
“I used to watch his matches and get inspired,” Federer said, then added: “He warmed me up. … I won!”
Nadal added he felt sorry for Tomic, who called a medical timeout after three games and twice more before he quit.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray did a great job despite a three-month layoff due to a back injury while beating Go Soeda of Japan 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.