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Australian Open: Federer strolls through first round

Roger Federer enjoyed an emphatic victory in his opening Australian Open contest.

The Swiss number two seed is looking to retain the title he won last year and made short work of unseeded Slovakian Lukas Lacko, cruising to a 6-1 6-1 6-3 victory in just one hour and 24 minutes. The world number two will face Gilles Simon or Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round.

Despite his easy victory, Federer was quick to praise his defeated opponent. "I thought it was a good match. I saw some talent in him and that's why I was really happy I chose the tactic early on to pressure him,” he said afterwards.

"I'm really enjoying myself, playing extremely well at the moment and the last six months have been fantastic. I'm very happy how things are going and I will see how far I can go in the tournament.”

Elsewhere in the tournament, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick made it into round two but there were surprise exits for Sam Querrey and Nikolay Davydenko. Bet365 make Federer the 7/4 favourite for the title, with top seed Rafael Nadal just behind at 15/8 ahead of the Spaniard’s first round match against Marcos Daniel. Britain’s Andy Murray is priced at 13/2.
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