Roger Federer dismissed Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets Wednesday afternoon in Melbourne, needing just over 90 minutes to advance to the third round. The Swiss maestro was in control from the start, unfazed by the variety of paces and spins from the Ukrainian. Behind 25 aces and 39 winners, Federer dominated in sets one and three, also winning 15 of 20 points at net. The win marks his 299th in a grand slam, on the cusp of another milestone.
The 34-year-old Swiss will go for his 300th win in a major against Grigor Dimitrov on Friday.
Federer spoke afterward on the differences, as small as may be, that can prove to be a factor when working on aspects of your game or bringing in a new coach. “There is always a different angle or something else you can work on or something that maybe you tend to forget sometimes, as there are so many things to work on and so many things keep changing. The game keeps evolving,” Federer said.
“So I think it’s important to have an open mind … I think the support team and everybody involved, they can push with a little bit extra when times get tough. Or just on a regular day, rather than me going through the motions or getting used to something, I shouldn’t be doing in practice or in a match, they remind me what to do and motivate me to do it.”
“Those little extra percents here, five per cent overall, can make a massive difference when you’re talking about trying to win a tournament or not.”