Novak Djokovic is seeded second at this year’s Australian Open
2020 Australian Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 February
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both enjoyed comfortable wins to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

Federer, 38, outclassed Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-4 6-1 to maintain his bid for a seventh Australian Open and 21st Grand Slam title.

The Swiss wrapped up victory in 92 minutes at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic, who won his seventh Australian Open last year, dismissed Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito 6-1 6-4 6-2 in 95 minutes.

The 32-year-old Serb, chasing a 17th Grand Slam title, faces Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka next after he knocked out British number one Dan Evans in straight sets.

Federer will face Australia’s John Millman, who he lost to at the US Open in 2018.

The third seed is competing at Melbourne Park for a 21st consecutive year and has reached at least the last 32 on every occasion.

“I’m very happy, it’s a great start to the season,” he said. “I’m feeling really relaxed out on court. You train hard and you hope it pays off.”

Italian eighth seed Matteo Berrettini became the highest-ranked player to exit, losing to Tennys Sandgren.

After losing the first two sets, it had looked like a comeback was on the cards when Berrettini took the match to a fifth set. But American world number 100 Sandgren went on to win 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 4-6 2-6 7-5.

Meanwhile, sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas did not even have to hit a ball to reach the last 32 after opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew injured.

Organisers said the 36-year-old German had a muscle strain.

Greece’s Tsitsipas, 21, will face Canadian Milos Raonic or Cristian Garin of Chile in the third round.


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