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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 January 2008, 01:54 GMT
Federer v Santoro as it happened
Australian Open, Melbourne

Men's second-round result


6-1 6-2 6-0


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By Chris Bevan

0335: Completely one-sided but massively entertaining - that's what happens when you put two of the finest shotmakers of today's game on the same court. I hope you enjoyed Roger Federer's stroll against Fabrice Santoro as much as I did - and thanks for keeping me company too.

Be sure to join Ms Caroline Cheese when she takes you through the Marat Safin-Marcos Baghdatis showdown later this morning. This is goodnight from me though.

Federer 6-1 6-2 6-0 Santoro
A clinical smash by Fed sets up three match points but it is Fab who brings the house down when he then asks his opponent if he wants to give up yet. Rog duly completes his victory and climbs over the net to embrace Fabrice - they will both go home happy.

Federer 6-1 6-2 5-0 Santoro
Fed sends a couple more devastating backhands flashing past Fab, who celebrates again when he puts a volley away. I think he senses he will be off-court pretty soon and he is laughing as his serve is broken again - not a lot else he can do. This one will be over very, very soon.

Federer 6-1 6-2 4-0 Santoro
This is fast becoming a walk in Melbourne Park for Roger. Another faultless service game means Fab will soon have some free time on his hands.

Federer 6-1 6-2 3-0 Santoro
Fab has got the shots to trouble Fed but, sadly, not the power - his game is like something out of the 1980s and I had to doublecheck that he is not using a wooden racquet. Rog breaks again and he is well on his way to closing this one out.

Federer 6-1 6-2 2-0 Santoro
More grace and power from Fed and he holds with ease again. Fab is running out of steam a bit now.

News from elsewhere at Melbourne and it's not good. Britain's Jamie Murray and his partner Jamie Murray Max Mirnyi of Belarus are a set down to French duo Edouard Roger-Vasselin Gilles Simon in their first-round doubles match.

I'll keep you posted on that one. Let's hope Muzza snr gets his act together.

Federer 6-1 6-2 1-0 Santoro
It's all smiles again as Santoro swipes at a volley at the end of another tremendous rally and sees it bounce downwards rather than over the net. Fab applauds a Fed passing shot in the next point but he is soon heading back to his seat another break down.

"it doesn't get much better than this, watching Federer and Santoro go at it. It is just good to see these two artists go at it."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey in Melbourne

Federer 6-1 6-2 Santoro
Fed is in at the net again, looking to close this one out. A Santoro lob flies long and a thunderous serve by Roger gives him the second set too.

"You have to feel sorry for Santoro who has been given the runaround but has produced some great tennis - and only has a couple of games to show for it."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey in Melbourne

Federer 6-1 5-2 Santoro
Fab may be getting outclassed but he is still great to watch. Even Fed is given the runaround at times by his grace and guile and at least the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena have some great rallies to watch. Fab has to save a set point, but holds out in the end. I'm pleased for him.

"Tennis is 'Fab' returning his own serves now? Ben from bristol. "
Ben, from Bristol on text 81111

Apologies Ben but it's late, or early - depending how you look at it.

Federer 6-1 5-1 Santoro
The thing about Fed is that he can pick his spot in the corners, with power. And he can finish off the points too when the return comes back half-court. Not much Fab can do here.

Federer 6-1 4-1 Santoro
Fed is on fire now and stepping in on the attack to smash back the Fab serve. Another break and he is close to wrapping up the second set now.

Federer 6-1 3-1 Santoro
Fed is enjoying himself but still getting the job done. He holds here with no messing about.

Federer 6-1 2-1 Santoro
More entertaining stuff - Santoro likes to play shots from between his legs when there is no real need, but the crowd love it. He holds his serve too, which is far more important.

Federer 6-1 2-0 Santoro
The crowd erupt after Santoro somehow wins a scintiliating point, returning two Federer smashes before a grinning Rog proceeds to miss a third. Fab celebrates as though he's won the tournament but he cannot convert three break points and Fed holds again.

"Can you also do text commentary of the Safin-Baghdatis match? That's gonna be an epic!"
Anon on text 81111

I'll be in bed, fast asleep by then. Hopefully. But worry not - Ms Caroline Cheese will be in my seat to keep you across that one later this morning.

Federer 6-1 1-0 Santoro
Fab's sliced forehand looks great but is not really working at the moment. A couple go astray with Fed at the net and a sublime backhand down the line by Rog means he has another break at the start of the second set.

Federer 6-1 Santoro
More classic stuff from Fed - he's not the world number one for nothing you know. Fab cannot live with his serve and volley approach and a backhand overhead at full stretch seals the first set. Textbook tennis? You bet.

Federer 5-1 Santoro
Another break by Fed and I don't think he has even broken sweat yet. He will serve for the first set after just 20 minutes of play.

"It's a great contrast watching Federer's skill and Santoro's magic with his hands. Federer is just in flowing form at the moment, playing good defensive tennis and finishing off the point when he gets the opportunity. It's been very entertaining so far."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey in Melbourne

Federer 4-1 Santoro
If Fab is mesmerising, Fed is majestic. He looks in full control as he has Santoro scurrying around the court and holds without any problems.

"Tennis. I envy your job. Wish I could watch this but I'll be reading for a while "
Anon on text 81111

Hmmm, there are down sides to this job you know. I slept from 9am to 7pm yesterday - and got up just in time to watch Man City beat West Ham over breakfast.

Federer3-1 Santoro
Fed is into the groove with his returns already and seems to have Fab's card. A wayward volley by the Frenchman gives Roger his first break.

Federer 2-1 Santoro
Some more solid serving from the Swiss superstar and Fed is ahead again.

Federer 1-1 Santoro
Being double-handed on both sides makes Fab mesmerising to watch. He can play one-handed at full-stretch which is handy because Fed soon has him at full stretch. A couple of wayward forehands by Roger mean the Magic Man holds this time though.

Federer 1-0 Santoro
Rog is wearing a blue shirt that is almost as bright as the courts in Melbourne. He's quickly into his stride too and holds despite some decent returning by Santoro.

0207: Here we go. Federer to serve first.

It's lonely here in Shepherds there anyone else out there? Let me know by texting 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

0203: AbFab may be 35 but he has a few tricks up his sleeve - Pete Sampras didn't call him 'the Magician' for nothing. Why so special? Try a double-handed forehand and backhand, with bags of slice on either side.

Mind you, Fabrice could have Paul Daniels and David Copperfield on his side of the net and he would still struggle to outfox the Fedmeister...

0155: So, is anyone going to stop Roger Federer this year? Golden Oldie Fabrice Santoro will be giving it a good go in the next few minutes. Trust me, it will be worth staying awake for.

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