Roger Federer felt he was much fresher than Filip Krajinovic during their battle on Rod Laver Arena tonight – a match the Swiss star eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win.

World No 3 Federer cruised through his first round match under the roof on Monday but Krajinovic had his match on the outer courts postponed due to rain.

It meant the Serbian had to return on Tuesday and he was put to the test in a grueling five-set battle with Quentin Halys.

Krajinovic then had a little more than 24 hours to prepare for his showdown with the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

And it was telling that Federer had the extra rest and quality – and he even felt sorry for his opponent.

“At Love-40 and 5-1 I thought it wasn’t 100 per cent fair that he paid three and a half hours yesterday and I paid zero,” Federer said.

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Federer had not played any competitive tennis in two months prior to the Australian Open but that has not affected his start to the campaign.

“I am very happy,” he explained. “It is a great start to the seasons so far.

“I am feeling really relaxed out on court. I trained hard and I’m glad it paid off and it wasn’t all for nothing.

“I am looking forward to the next one of course and I am hoping for another good match.”



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