Fernando Gonzalez has cruised into the third round of Australian
Open 2009, defeating Guillermo Cañas in straight sets
on Thursday, 7-5 6-3 6-4.
The 13th seed utilised a strong forehand, producing 23 forehand
winners to complete the match in two hours and 20 minutes.
Gonzalez got an early break to lead the first set 3-0, but
the Argentine broke back at 4-2 and then saved five set points,
serving to stay in the set at 4-5. Gonzalez got the better
of Cañas, deploying another of his strong forehands
to take the set with Canas serving to force a tie-breaker.
The second set stayed on serve until the sixth game, which
featured six deuces and saw Cañas save four break points
before eventually succumbing to the might of the Chilean.
Despite a strong inside-out forehand, solid net play and
fewer unforced errors, Cañas was unable to get even
another break point opportunity for the remainder of the match.
The final set included another lengthy game in which Cañas
managed to hold onto his serve after six deuces, but a break
at 2-2 got Gonzalez the lead he needed to take the match,
with the last five games going on serve.
To his credit, Cañas saved an amazing 16 break points
and one match point, but with 20 more winners than the Argentine,
Gonzalez showed why he was ranked more than 60 places ahead
of his opponent.
Gonzalez will play Richard Gasquet in the third round on
Gonzalez served 12 aces to Canas nine
The Chilean made 33 unforced errors, while Cañas had
Cañas fastest serve was 203km/h, while Gonzalezs
By Bronwen Largier
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