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Roger Federer overcomes early blip to reach Australian Open third round

  • Federer beats Simone Bolelli 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
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Second seed Roger Federer survived a first set scare before he ramped up his performance and advanced safely to the third round of the Australian Open with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli.

Federer initially looked out of sorts against the 29-year-old Italian, who was perhaps feeding off the energy Alexandra Panova generated in almost beating women’s second seed Maria Sharapova immediately before their match on Rod Laver Arena.

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