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Tennis-Open-Hungry Federer cruises into third round
By Alastair Himmer
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A hungrier Roger Federer outclassed American qualifier Jeff Morrison 6-2 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Looking sharp in the Melbourne heat, Wimbledon champion Federer wrapped up the first set with an amazing reflex volley and continued to dominate his 156th-ranked opponent, despite never fully extending himself.
"I know I can win this tournament. Before, you know, I would have been happy with the quarters or the semis," said Federer, who won his first grand slam title in London last year.
"I guess I'm more hungry...I know now what it takes to win a slam. I expect more of myself."
The stylish Swiss has been in terrific form since losing to Andre Agassi at the Kooyong warm-up event last week and demonstrated his title credentials with another sublime performance.
"The conditions suit me. My game also has been solid so far," said the 22-year-old Federer, who has yet to progress beyond the fourth round at the Open in four previous visits.
Federer, who won an ATP tour-best seven titles in 2003 following his victory at the prestigious Masters Cup, faces local wildcard Todd Reid -- ranked 146 places below him -- in the third round.
Although the Australian beat Sargis Sargsian of Armenia 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-7 6-4 in a marathon second round match, Federer predicted a shorter match at the weekend.
"He'll come out fresh against me... he's got nothing to lose," said Federer, playing his first grand slam event since splitting from Swedish coach Peter Lundgren last month.
"But they were rallying a lot. That's not going to happen against me too much."
I am glad Roger believes he can win and wants it. He has the right attitude and he can win it. GO NINJA GO SWISSSASIN!!!!!!!!!!!