Federer cruises in 1st round; Isner out Down Under
Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - The great Roger Federer was an easy winner Tuesday in first-round action at the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Michal Przysiezny, Victor Hanescu, Yen-Hsun Lu, and Dusan Lajovic also moved on to the second round with wins on Tuesday.
Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in last year's final to nail down a third straight championship at the first Grand Slam event of the year.
Murray, as well as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro will also be in action on Day 2.
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