Ominous Federer lays down chilling warning ahead of Australian Open

January 17th, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Roger Federer

Melbourne, Jan 17 (ANI): World number two Roger Federer sounded an ominous warning to his Australian Open opponents, sweeping to a comfortable straight-sets victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in the Kooyong Classic finals today.

Federer was ruthless in demolishing fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 in just 57 minutes, the Courier Mail reported.

The result is an ideal tune-up for Federer as he enters the Australian Open looking to equal Pete Samprass record of 14 grand slam titles.

Federer raced through the first set in 25 minutes, breaking serve in the first, third and final games.

He broke immediately in the second to lead 2-0 and was untroubled throughout, despite some uncharacteristic volleying errors.

Federer sealed the match with an easy smash after setting up two match points. The pair had met twice previously in ATP events with Federer winning both times in straight sets.

It was Federers second Kooyong title - he won the 2005 edition of the eight-man exhibition event.

He described todays match as wonderful preparation for the Australian Open.

I dont want to get too excited but I think I played a really great match today against Stan, Federer said.

Earlier in the play-off for third Spains Fernando Verdasco defeated Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 6-4 6-3. (ANI)

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