Federer reaches fourth round
ROGER Federer made the most of his rare opportunities Friday against the fastest serve in tennis, cashing in with some classic returns in a 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-3 win over Ivo Karlovic to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The four-time Australian Open champion fended off Karlovic's set point in the tiebreaker with a return that brought the 6-foot 10 (2.08-meter) Croatian to the net, then lobbed just over him.
"I knew going in it was going to be tough. I played him 10 times, and we've played some breakers. I knew it could come down to a few here and there," said Federer, who broke Karlovic once in each of the second and third sets.
He only faced two breakpoints himself, including the pivotal one in the opening tiebreaker.
"I definitely got a bit fortunate and started to play better as the match went on."
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