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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Federer, Sharapova Cruise; Wozniacki Out

World number three, Roger Federer began his bid for a fifth Australian Open crown with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 6-2 victory over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion hit 31 winners, and committed just 20 unforced errors as he eased into the second round in just 72 minutes.

Federer, who has not won a major since Wimbledon 2012, will take on dangerous Ukrainian, Alexandr Dolgopolov in Round 2.

The opening day of action at Melbourne Park also saw wins for world number one, Novak Djokovic, sixth seed, Tomas Berdych, former US Open champion, Marin Cilic, and Japanese star, Kei Nishikori.

There was a big upset in the women’s draw as former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki, crashed to Kazachstan’s Yulia Putitnseva 1-6 7-6 6-4, but there were no such problems for top-ten seeds, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria sharapova and Petra Kvitova who eased through their respective first round matches in straight sets.

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