Roger Federer continues Australian Open defence with Richard Gasquet defeat

Roger Federer continues Australian Open defence with Richard Gasquet defeat

Well, OK, that's not entirely true.

Matches weren't halted Thursday as the highs stayed just below 40 Celsius for much of the day, but that doesn't mean the heat didn't cause issues for the players.

Four lucky losers replaced them in the bracket; one of them, Bernarda Pera, went on to notch her first win at a Grand Slam event.

But it proved to be a short-lived reprieve with Federer quick to regain the advantage and book his spot in the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the 16th time. He has endorsement deals as far as the eye can see and finding someone with a negative word to say about the man is more hard than getting Steve Smith out.

Djokovic, who was upset by Denis Istomin in the second round of last year's tournament, was workmanlike as he broke the Spaniard's serve five times, although his errors outnumbered his winners 40-37.

'I had a lot of faith and self belief and I know what I'm capable of.

"Recovery is not something I worry about with him", said Agassi, who added he is not working with Djokovic for "personal gain". I would not like to see retirements here, conditions that create a bad show for the crowd.

"I know the weather is going to be a little bit tough today", she said.

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"With that question mark in mind, you are a bit more under tension, I guess".

Elsewhere at the 2018 Australian Open, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continue to advance.

This was the start of Federer reeling me in.

But it was way Federer got the job done which impressed Eurosport pundit Rusedski the most. Front and centre of the main interview room at Melbourne Park, it felt like he was hypnotising me. I did my job in two sets against someone thats been troubling in the past for me, ” she said afterwards.

"Others struggle with it". I'm kind of forced to be very cautious of what happens day-to-day.

Kerber has turned over a new leaf in a number of ways, parting ways with long-time coach Torben Beltz in November, the man who guided her to two grand slam titles and the world number one ranking in 2016 during an eight-year partnership. You fight with that for quite a long period of time. It's not a confidence builder then sometimes. Some players I think struggle with it. "I survive. I will play after tomorrow I hope in different conditions". "Just be smart. If you have to give up, you know, it's not a shame". You use it as a measuring stick to see how far off you are. (The NBA pays out at 50 percent, compared to tennis' seven.) Tennis attendance has also increased, so asking for more makes sense on this front too. I wish they would let loose and be themselves. He hit harder than me. I'm still fit. I am still enjoying my tennis. He'd win any election in a landslide.

Tuesday night represented Federer at his intelligent, charming best. "But hopefully this is enough incentive to do the right thing".

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