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Federer brushes past Aljaz Bedene in Melbourne opener

The world number two, bidding for a 20th grand slam title after claiming his 18th here a year ago and 19th at Wimbledon, broke Bedene's serve in the fourth game of the first set in which he conceded only three points on his serve. He later pulled clear by winning the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Bedene, who has switched his allegiance back to Slovenia, played well but the result was never in doubt.

Federer took only 99 minutes to wrap up a confident 6-3 6-4 6-1 straight-sets victory and set up a second-round tie against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. "I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, played flawless tennis in the first couple of sets". Some players I think struggle with it.

"I'm hoping for it to go well again, I'm just not sure it can go that well; past year was just so good".

"I am not sure it will go that well because last year went so well and I'm a year older, Rafa's looking in tip-top shape and others guys are coming back".

“Im hoping for it to go well again, Im not sure it can go this well because previous year was so good.

Six-time champion and 14th seed Novak Djokovic has advanced to the second round for the 12th consecutive year, beating American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova begins play on Rod Laver Arena in a match Tuesday against Veronica Cepede Royg, with Halep following two matches later against Destanee Aiava.

Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Tomas Berdych all progressed, but Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Fernando Verdasco and former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic lost to Lukas Lacko.

The World No. 2 paid a rich tribute to his wife Mirka and his children last week before starting his Australian Open title defence where he acknowledged how much his life has changed since having a family of his own.



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