Federer routs Lu to reach Australian Open second round

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 19, 2015 5:18 AM

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer strolled into the second round of the Australian Open with a clinical 6-4 6-2 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

In ominous form after winning the Brisbane International in the leadup, the 33-year-old Swiss was impenetrable on serve and charged around the court like a teenager to preserve his unbeaten record in the first round at Melbourne Park in his 16th appearance.

The 47th-ranked Lu battled hard to make the third set a contest, but lost serve in the 11th game before Federer sealed the match in less than two hours.

The Swiss master will play Italian Simone Bolelli in the next round.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)