Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Federer swats aside Frenchman to advance to second round
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer shook off the rust from a competition-free build-up to the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-4 6-1 trouncing of France's Benoit Paire to march into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.
Federer pounced in the opening game to break serve, then broke the unseeded Frenchman again at 4-2 to mow through the first set.
The Swiss second seed broke again early in the second and charged through the third, sealing the match in 83 minutes with an imperious forehand passing shot.
Federer will play the winner of qualifier Dudi Sela of Israel or Russia's Nikolay Davydenko as he continues his quest for an 18th grand slam title.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; editing by Peter Rutherford)