Federer on fire in Australia

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Third seed Roger Federer cruised past Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening round match at the Australian Open on Monday.

The Swiss dismantled Basilashvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in 75 minutes.

The 17-time major winner barely raised a sweat in the opening set when breaking serve twice in the opening five games to lead 4-1.

Basilashvili did break back in the sixth game but his comeback was short-lived when Federer broke again and served out to win the set 6-2.

In the second set, Federer broke his opponent’s serve three times to steam through the set 6-1 for a two-set lead.

In the third set, the Swiss dominated breaking Basilashvili’s serve twice to wrap up a straight sets victory and book a second round meeting with Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Speaking after the match, Federer said that he was pleased to have gotten a match under his belt after being hampered by the flu in his build-up to the year’s first grand slam.

“That was a good match. I’m really pleased how I was able to play,” he told reporters.

“Definitely gives me a bit of a lift in confidence, you know, because this year I haven’t been able to play properly yet. I mean, I had some decent matches in Brisbane, but it was all under, you know, sort of a cloud knowing that I wasn’t 100%.

“But this was a match where I was able to focus on my game, on tactics, all that stuff. So it was nice to play that way.”

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