Federer, Murray move on at Aussie Open

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Updated: January 15, 2013

Second-seeded four-time champion Roger Federer and third-seeded two-time runner-up Andy Murray earned straight-set victories Tuesday in opening-round action at the
Australian Open.

The 17-time Grand Slam king and former world No. 1 Federer opened his 2013
season by making quick work of Benoit Paire, handling the Frenchman 6-2, 6-4,
6-1 in 1 hour, 23 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

Federer is the reigning Wimbledon champion and has reached five Aussie Open
finals, going 4-1 in those matches. The super Swiss will face former top-five
Russian star Nikolay Davydenko in the round of 64 on Thursday.

The reigning U.S. Open and Olympic titlist Murray moved past Dutchman Robin
Haase with a decisive 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory. The British star reached back-to-
back Melbourne finals in 2010 and 2011.

Murray’s second-round opponent will be Portuguese Joao Sousa.

Meanwhile, sixth-seeded former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro
committed just eight unforced errors in breezing past France’s Adrian
Mannarino 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, seventh-seeded former Aussie runner-up Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga cruised past fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, and No. 9
seed Richard Gasquet of France eased past Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-5,
6-2, 6-1 to claim spots in the second round. Tsonga is now 6-0 lifetime
against the left-handed Llodra.

Up next for del Potro will be German Benjamin Becker, while Tsonga will take
on Japanese Go Soeda and Gasquet will encounter Colombian Alejandro Falla.

No. 12 Croat Marin Cilic defeated Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-5, 6-2;
13th-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic overcame Czech Jan Hajek
3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0); No. 14 Giles Simon of France fought back to best
Italian Filippo Volandri 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; and Philipp Kohlschreiber,
the 17th seed, posted a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 decision over Steve Darcis to move on.
The German Kohlschreiber was a finalist in Auckland last week.

Top-20 upsets came when acrobatic Frenchman Gael Monfils took out 18th-seeded
Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3 and Finnish
veteran Jarkko Nieminen outlasted 19th-seeded oft-injured German Tommy Haas
7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6.

Other seeded winners were No. 21 Andreas Seppi, No. 25 Florian Mayer and No.
30 Marcel Granollers, while some other seeded losers were No. 27 Martin Klizan
and No. 29 Thomaz Bellucci. The Slovakian Klizan gave way to German Daniel
Brands 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, while the Brazilian Bellucci succumbed to Slovenian
Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Several other men reached the second round, including the aforementioned
Davydenko, American Rajeev Ram, hot Aussie Bernard Tomic, Frenchman Jeremy
Chardy, and Canada’s Jesse Levine, who doused former top-five Spaniard Tommy
Robredo 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4. Davydenko fought back to top Israeli
Dudi Sela 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3, while Tomic, fresh off his first career ATP
title last week in Sydney, leveled Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on
Day 2 at Melbourne Park.

The second round will commence Wednesday with 16 men’s matches, including ones
for top-seeded two-time defending and three-time overall Aussie champ Novak
Djokovic and fourth seed David Ferrer. Djokovic will face American Ryan
Harrison, while Ferrer, fresh off his Auckland title, will battle American
Tim Smyczek.

Also on the Day-3 schedule will be fifth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up
Tomas Berdych, eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic, rising 16th-seeded Japanese Kei
Nishikori, 20th-seeded American Sam Querrey, and 28th-seeded former Aussie
runner-up Marcos Baghdatis. Querrey will tangle with fellow American Brian
Baker.