38-year-old Swiss Roger Federer has comfortably beaten Filip Krajinovic of Serbia to maintain his bid to match Djokovic’s 7 Australian Open titles.
Novak Djokovic, the 32-year-old Serbian defending champion, who dismissed Japanese wildcard Tatsuma is chasing the 17th Grand Slam.
Commenting on his form Djokovic stated: “My serve was working extremely well in the first and second round. That’s something I worked on in the off-season. One of the priorities of the training sessions is trying to get that advantage of winning a lot of easy points on the first serve. It has been paying off so far.”
A relevant piece published earlier:
Tennis: Serena donates prize money to Australian bushfires victims
12th of January, 2020
AUCKLAND: The 38-year-old tennis star Serena Williams has donated US$43,000 prize money to the victims of Australian bushfires at the WTA Auckland Classic here today.
She defeated fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4, to get her first WTA title since she became a mother. With just one week to go before the start of the 2020 Australian Open, she has manifested her form to snatch yet another Grand Slam. Before today’s win her most recent tennis title was the 2017 Australian Open, which she managed to grab while already pregnant.
She donated all her prize money to victims of the devastating bushfires that has killed a billion animals and some 23 human beings:“I’ve been playing in Australia for over 20 years and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that has been happening in Australia with all the fire and animals and people that have lost their homes…
“I decided at the beginning of the tournament […] I’d donate all my prize money for a great cause,” she said.
Serena won her 1st WTA title in February 1999. She’s won her 73rd WTA title in January 2020.