MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – After the bumper day to catch up with the rain back-log and a handful of round one matches to go, the second round gets underway
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Roger Federer  v Filip Krajinovic | Federer leads H2H 3-0
Another night match for Roger Federer, who might have set his expectations low but if seven-time champion Novak Djokovic was tested in his first match, we wonder when Federer might also stumble. His draw seemed to be extremely favourable and with another night session on the cards – we can maybe just and enjoy the six-time champion in full flow.
It has been a while since Filip Krajinovic has been in the kind of form that saw his inspired run through qualification to the final of the Paris Masters in 2017, and he may be better on clay, but he may be enjoying the team resurgence we have seen from the Serbians in the last couple of months.
Krajinovic comes off a five-setter and may just feel puckish enough to take a set off Federer under the lights.
This year’s Serena Williams model seems focussed, fit and ready to make this #24 a thing of past conversation. However it is always worth a gentle eye on her early form, and especially when she is playing an unknown quantity.
What impressed in Williams still-ruthless dispatching of Anastasia Potapovawas after a dominating first set, she had to keep her composure in the face of a break (oh the cheek of it) to blast past for the win.
There will be more than an edge of satisfaction should Williams equal Margaret Court’s record in her own (past) wheelhouse but there is still a long way to go. What we want to see is a calm and problem solving Williams figuring out the game of Tamara Zidansek and moving on.
Prediction: Williams in straight sets.
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Could this be where the Caroline Wozniacki’s career comes to a stop? She came through in straight sets in her opener and having already announced her retirement at the end of the tournament, her clash with the Adelaide finalist might signal the end.
Dayana Yastremska has been gradually picking up steam, winning first tour level title last year in Hong Kong, and adding two more titles last year, and will be able to test Wozniacki’s once famed defence. She plays perhaps a more attacking game than we would wee from the Dane, and it will be a test.
However, there would be no shame for the former Australian Open champion and former World No. 1 to go out to someone that could well be contending for the highest titles in the future.
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