Federer Takes Friendly Win Over Santoro

Venus, Kuznetsova, Blake advance in 2nd round of Aussie Open
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 6:28 AM CST
Venus Williams of the United States eyes the ball as she plays Camille Pin of France in their Women's singles second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Roger Federer certainly didn't go easy on Fabrice Santoro in their Australian Open match today, but the world's number one ace did give his ami a breather before match point of the 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 contest. "It's so beautiful, what he's doing," the appreciative Frenchman told the AP. In other second-round action:

  • No. 8 Venus Williams defeated Camille Pin (7-5, 6-4) despite sloppy play that included 44 unforced errors.
  • No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova had to battle back from a 5-2 hole to beat Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6(0), 6-2.
  • Fellow Americans James Blake and Michael Russell duked it out in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 contest that fell to the 12th-seeded Blake.