(January 19, 2015) In the first Night Session match in Rod Laver Arena, four–time Australian Open champion Roger Federer defeated Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Monday to reach the second round at the Australian Open.
Last winning in Melbourne in 2010, the 17-time major champion donning a neon yellow shirt captured a record 74th match in 85 starts at Melbourne Park.
Federer is looking to be the second man to claim five Australian Open titles. Roy Emerson has six.
“I thought I was playing very well through the first couple of sets,” said the Swiss. “I think I was serving very well. I was holding my service games very comfortably. Until probably 5-2 in the second set was the first time he had any play on my service game. I was very happy. I was returning and able to dominate the plays from the back. I think he started to serve better in the third. I think conditions slowed down a bit. Because of the coolness and the night coming in, I felt it was hard to generate stuff. It became a very interesting third set. Gave me, I think, a lot of information. Instead of sort of just steamrolling through him he really made it tough for me. I don’t want to say I got lucky to not be broken early on in the third, but he was playing some really good tennis. I started to mix it up and trying out things because I had to, I felt, towards the end of the third. Started to serve better myself again towards the end of the match. I adjusted to the conditions, because it did play different at 7:00 than it did at 8:30. A drastic change, in my opinion.”
His coach, Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg who has two Melbourne titles, was in attendance was celebrating his 49th birthday.
For the 33-year-old, it was his 1001st career match win. He claimed 100th, less than two weeks ago when he won the Brisbane International tournament.
Federer has reached the semifinals for the Australian Open for 11 straight years.
Next up for the No. 2 seed is Simone Bollelli who defeated Juan Monaco 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.