Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - The great Roger Federer was an easy
winner Tuesday in first-round action at a scorching hot Australian Open.
Federer, relegated to the No. 6 seed in the year's first major, dominated
Australian James Duckworth, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, in a mere one hour, 46 minutes at
Rod Laver Arena.
The Swiss legend, who owns a record 17 major titles, is looking to win for a
fifth time in Melbourne and first since 2010.
Three-time Australian Open runner-up and second-seeded Andy Murray made short
work of Go Soeda, routing him 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, while last week's Sydney champion
and fifth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro was a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 winner over
Winning the Auckland title last week may have taken too much out of 13th-
seeded John Isner. The highest-seeded American lost his first two sets to
Slovak Martin Klizan and eventually retired because of a foot injury. Isner
did not appear in last year's Open due to a bone bruise in his right knee.
Fans sat through temperatures that reached well over 100 degrees and
watched local favorite Lleyton Hewitt fall to 24th-seeded Andreas Seppi, 7-6
(7-4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5. Hewitt was making his 18th straight appearance in
Former Aussie runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded 10th this year, cruised
past Filippo Volandri, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, while 11th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic
downed Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
Sixteenth-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan outlasted Marinko Matosevic, 6-3, 5-7,
6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in three hours, 41 minutes, and No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov defeated
Bradley Klahn, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Other seeded winners on Day 2 at Melbourne Park included: No. 26 Feliciano
Lopez, No. 27 Benoit Paire and No. 31 Fernando Verdasco.
Lucky loser Stephane Robert, who was a late entry due to 21st-seeded Philipp
Kohlschreiber pulling out with a strained left hamstring, took advantage of
his good fortune as the Frenchman downed Aljaz Bedene, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-0.
Nick Kyrgios, Roberto Bautista, Michael Berrer, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Blaz
Kavcic, Thomaz Bellucci, Michal Przysiezny, Blaz Rola, Victor Hanescu, Yen-
Hsun Lu, and Dusan Lajovic also moved on to the second round with wins on
Novak Djokovic beat Murray in last year's final to nail down a third
straight championship at the first Grand Slam event of the year.
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