Melbourne, Australia - Roger Federer and Marat Safin are breezing their way through the Australian Open, smashing their first-time opponents with ease on Wednesday to reach the Australian Open’s third round, where they are slated to play against each other.>
Both players are not fazed by this, however, since they have traded shots before, way back in 2005. “I’m happy to be playing Marat; we have fought some battles,” Federer said shortly after defeating Russian player Evgeny Korolev in just 86 minutes, winning with a score of 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. Federer currently ranks at number 2, 24 places higher than Safin, who is a former world number 1. Safin, for his part, defeated Spanish player Guillermo Lopez on his way to the third round. This could be Safin’s final time on the tour, as he is turning 29 next week and rumors that this could be his farewell tour are surfacing.
“I have nothing to lose,” Safin said. “I’m going to go for it. Whatever comes, comes. He knows how to play against me; I know how to play against him,” Safin said.