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October 23, 2020

Australian Open: Federer eliminates Hanescu

Victor Hanescu was eliminated from the Australian Open after a ‘brutal’ encounter with world number 1 player Roger Federer in the second round. Displaying an often slow and ‘easy to read’ game, Victor lost in three sets, score 2-6, 3-6, 2-6. Federer played against a convenient opponent and easily qualified for the third round.

‘Victor is a difficult player but he is more used to playing on clay. He stood at the back of the court a lot of times and that is why I was able to hit decisively,’ Roger Federer stated at the end of the game. The difference between the two players became visible early in the game. Federer attacked early on, anticipated Hanescu’s moves and was in the lead after several minutes (3-0). Victor managed to win his first game after drawing the Swiss player to the net and finding a perfect opening for his backhand. However Hanescu continued to be slow and lacked aggressiveness, something that perfectly suited Federer.

By the time of the third set Hanescu was completely out of the cards, playing out of inertia alone. Federer took a 4-0 lead but Hanescu came back managing to win the serve after an extremely heated game. In the last game Victor was once again close to a break but Federer’s experience showed and the Swiss player won the set. The two players have played against each other four times in official games (in the Davis Cup, the Roland Garros, Estoril and now at the Australian Open), with Federer winning each time.

Raluca Olaru qualifies for round 2

Raluca Olaru and Ukraine’s Olga Savciuk have qualified for the second round of the women’s doubles event at the Australian Open on Thursday after defeating Akquil Amanmuradova (Uzbekistan)/Tamarine Tanasugarn (Thailand), score 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Three other Romanian players were eliminated in round 1 (Sorana Cirstea, Alexandra Dulgheru and Edina Gallovits).

Sorana Cirstea and Russia’s Anastasia Pavliucenkova lost to Maria Kirilenko (Russia)/Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), score 6-0, 6-7, 6-2. Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru and Edina Gallovits lost to Carly Gullickson (US)/Vladimira Uhlirova (Czech Republic).

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