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Dominant Federer storms into second round

AFP logoAFP 18-01-2016
Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand return during his men's singles match against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili on day one of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE © Provided by AFP Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand return during his men's singles match against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili on day one of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer breezed past Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets in his opening match at the Australian Open.

The Swiss third seed crushed the Georgian 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in just 72 minutes and will play Ukraine's Aleksandr Dolgopolov in the second round.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was in a different class to his 117th-ranked opponent and showcased his full arsenal of shots against the bemused Basilashvili in their first meeting.

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