Federer sets up showdown with No.10 seed

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his win over Noah Rubin of the United States.
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his win over Noah Rubin of the United States. TRACEY NEARMY

SEVENTEEN-time grand slam winner Roger Federer is through to the next round of the Australian Open after a tough 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7-5) win over American Noah Rubin.

The Swiss former world No.1 will now face Tomas Berdych in the third round.

The Czech 10th seed had a straight-sets win over American Ryan Harrison.

Federer's win was more difficult than the straight-sets scoreline suggested.

The four-time Melbourne Park champion was forced to save two set points in the third after the world No.200 Rubin broke his serve early, before Federer broke back with the score at 5-4. He then sealed the result in the tiebreak.

"He had the upper hand from the baseline, I think my serving kept me in the match,” Federer said after the game.

Topics:  australian open roger federer summer of tennis

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners