Roger Federer has launched his mission to defend the title of Aussie Open 2019 with a superb three-goal win over Denis Istomin (ATP 199) throughout the game's play – 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 4.
Well, to keep the excitement ahead before Roger Federer starts his mission title defense in the Australian Open opening at the end of the night, he has warned again and again: Denis Istomin is the one man defeated by Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament three times in a row, two years ago! The 32-year-old Uzbek is unpredictable, especially dangerous on fast, hard surfaces. And so on ...
But in no way did anyone fear that the 20th time Grand Slam champion, who has never lost a first round match to a big one since 2003, would get into the lens of the opposite actor  Federer recognizes no rest ball
As in all six previous duels, the opposite is true. Federer targets Istomin, takes a break for his opponent in each set and does not oppose him a break-ball. But not only his service is much better: the 37-year-old King Roger is gentle, precise, constant, imaginative and he beats much more Winner (52:22).
And of course more popular. The Australian fans stand as a man behind the six-time Melbourne Champ. "I just can't get enough of you," said the Swiss later, "you're definitely one of the reasons I still play."
McEnroe challenges Federer
After nearly two hours, the quest for Istomin is 3: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6 over. And Federer really has licked blood. John McEnroe, who once again admires the question of how a 37-year-old can get almost faster and smoother than he used to be, challenges Roger: "Do you really think you will win here a third time in a row?"
Federer diplomatically pairs: "It's amazing that I'm a two-hour defense champion. Probably someone else will win this year. But I promise I'll give it all to try for the third time!"
Hans The next victim, Briton Daniel Evans (ATP 189), is already almost sad.
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