( dpa )- Roger Federer claimed his 16th straight match win at the Australian Open on Thursday as memories of the virus he suffered last week faded to oblivion.
The Swiss world-beater easily handled the devilish game of two-fisted wonder Fabrice Santoro, 6-1, 6-2, 6 -0 in the second round.
Federer is bidding to collect a trophy hat-trick at Melbourne Park after winning the last two editions.
Santoro, a two-time Australian Open doubles champion, is playing his 62nd major which is an Open era men's record and at 35 is the oldest man in the single draw.
Federer came into the year's first major cold after being unable to compete last week in the Kooyong tune-up due to a stomach virus.
The win was the second easy outing for the world number one after losing just three games in his opening match.