Australian Open 2010: Roger Federer vs. Albert Montanes
Top seed Roger Federer takes on Albert Montanes of Spain in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena this afternoon.
After surviving a first round scare against Russia’s Igor Andreev, the Swiss Maestro picked up the pace and demolished Victor Hanescu in the second round. Federer needed only an hour and 39 minutes to dispatch the 47th-ranked Romanian — before greeting Britain’s Prince William.
The World’s No. 1 player, who has won a record 15 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t gone three years without a trophy in Melbourne since his first championship in 2004.
Montanes, ranked 31st, booked his spot in round three after defeating Stephane Robert of France in a five-set epic. The Spaniard has never reached the third round at Melbourne Park before, and making it to the fourth seems like a very tough task for him.
Federer, 28 and Montanes, 29, have played twice before, with the Swiss ace winning each match. In their last encounter, at Roland Garros last year, Montanes took the first set in a tiebreaker before falling in four sets.
UPDATE: World number one Roger Federer defeated Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach Australian Open’s last 16. His next opponent will be Lleyton Hewitt or Marcos Baghdatis.