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Federer returns to winning ways at Melbourne's Kooyang Classic

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a forehand to Spain's Carlos Moya at the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia yesterday.

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a forehand to Spain's Carlos Moya at the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia yesterday.

World number two Roger Federer made a winning return to the Kooyong Classic yesterday with an easy 6-2 6-3 victory over Spain's Carlos Moya.
The 13-times grand slam winner uses the tournament to fine-tune his Australian Open preparations and, despite the encounter lasting just 57 minutes, he said the match had been beneficial for his campaign.
"I'm getting used to the conditions here and the way the ball flies," Federer told reporters. "I'm trying a few things (and) taking a few chances.
"Its more about getting used to the conditions and getting my footwork right, getting used to the bounce and seeing how high it is and the way (the ball) spins and reacts to the court."
Federer will meet next meet Fernando Verdasco in the progression-relegation tournament after the Spaniard beat Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-2 7-5.
Federer's Beijing Olympics gold-medal winning doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka wasted little time in beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-2 6-2.
Wawrinka will meet Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, who beat Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic 6-4 6-3.


Updated : 2021-04-19 16:54 GMT+08:00