Favourites breeze into second-round

AUSTRALIAN Open title contenders had little trouble in advancing to the second round of the tournament on the opening day of the first grand slam of the year.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters had little trouble in their first-round matches, disposing of their opponents in straight set victories.

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Federer cruised to a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Russian qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev, while Nadal - despite nursing a bandaged knee - made light work of American Alex Kuznetsov (6-4, 6-1, 6-1).

In the women's draw, Wozniacki breezed past local hope Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round, while defending champion Clijsters started her title defence with a 7-5, 6-1over Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler.

Apart from Rodionova, there were number of Australians out on court, with Bernard Tomic the leading light after beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco in five sets.

Olivia Rogowska joined Tomic in the second round, defeating Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-1, while Casey Dellacqua also advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bojana Jovanovski.

However, the news was not as good for Ash Barty and Ben Mitchell who both failed at the first hurdle.


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