- Australian Open
Federer flies, Hewitt loses epic to Seppi
Roger Federer wasted little time in booking his place in the second round of the Australian Open after he defeated James Duckworth 6-4 6-4 6-2.
The record 17-time grand slam champion is looking to lift the trophy in Melbourne for a fifth time, and only needed an hour and 46 minutes to see off the young Australian.
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Under the extreme heat, Federer was not at his best, but it was enough for the Swiss to come through in straight sets to reach the next round, as he aims to put a disappointing 2013 behind him after he only lifted one trophy (Halle) and struggled for form.
"You realise it's actually better to win the match than win a few "wow" shots, so you go back to basics," Federer said.
"It was okay. It was not much rhythm out there. It was a matter of getting the job done and not getting broken. I feel good, and it's about - for me, I want to show - prove to myself that I can bring it every match. I'm really excited. It's a tough draw, but I'm open for it and I'm ready to go."
Lleyton Hewitt was sent crashing out of the tournament despite producing a superb comeback against Andreas Seppi.
The home favourite, who beat Federer to win the Brisbane International before the event, trailed by two sets and a break, but in typical fashion fought back to take the match into a fifth set.
However, after recovering the break and having an opportunity to break and serve for the win, instead, it was Seppi who held his nerve to save match point and silence the crowd on the Rod Laver Arena to win 7-6(4) 6-3 5-7 5-7 7-5.
Former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Filippo Volandri 7-5 6-3 6-3, while 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro came from a set down to beat Rhyne Williams 6-7(1) 6-3 6-4 6-4.
After a grueling five-set match that lasted four hours and 32 minutes, Gilles Simon sealed his place in the second round with a 6-7(4) 6-4 3-6 6-3 16-14 win over Daniel Brands, having been on crutches with a bad ankle just two days ago.
He will meet Marin Cilic, who survived his own five-set epic, coming from two sets down to beat Marcel Granollers 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-2.