Melbourne: Swiss ace Roger Federer beat Alexandr Dolgopolov to move into the third round of the Australian Open here for the 17th straight occasion.
Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his win over Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Australian Open yesterday
The evergreen 34-year-old didn't give Dolgopolov — who broke onto the world scene with a run to the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2011 — a look in, denying the Ukrainian a single break point opportunity in the 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win.
"It's the least I expect, to be in the third round of a Slam, obviously. So I'm pumped up, I'm playing well, I'm feeling good," Federer said after winning.
Federer said he wasn't about to get ahead of himself, after the all-time great fell to Italian Andreas Seppi at the third-round hurdle of last year's Australian Open.
Danger in Round 3
"There's always a danger — last year (the third round) was the end for me. So I hope to go further," said World No 3 Federer, adding he's a fan of Dolgopolov's game.
"I'm a big fan of his game. He's explosive, he's got a great return — especially on the second serve — he's got all the shots," he said.