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Australian Open: Federer cruises through as Davydenko crashes out

Roger Federer’s defence of the Australian Open title got off to a smooth start as he sailed through his first-round match against Lukas Lacko. Federer was never tested as he outclassed Lacko, clinching a 6-1 6-1 6-3 victory with a display of relentlessly aggressive tennis.


“I thought I played great,” he said afterwards, quoted by espn.co.uk. “I thought it was a good match. I don’t think he played too bad himself. I saw some talent in him and that’s why I was really happy I chose the tactic early on to pressure him.” There was no such joy for last year’s quarter-finalist Nikolay Davydenko, whose struggles continued as he suffered a 6-3 4-6 7-6 6-4 defeat to Florian Mayer. Sam Querrey was another significant casualty, falling to Lukasz Kubot after an epic battle that finished 5-7 6-2 3-6 6-1 8-6. Elsewhere, Gael Monfils flirted with disaster before completing a remarkable comeback against Thiemo De Bakker, coming from two sets and 5-2 down to clinch a 6-7 2-6 7-5 6-2 6-1 success. The mercurial Frenchman, seeded 12th, looked dead and buried – but De Bakker crumbled with the finish line in sight, spurning the chance to serve for the match at 5-3 up, and Monfils came thundering back.


VICTOR HANESCU BOWS OUT


America’s Mardy Fish eliminated Romania’s Victor Hanescu in the first round of the Aus­tra­lian Open. Hanescu won two sets (6-2, 6-4) but the American player made an incredible comeback against the backdrop of Hanescu’s errors, and went on to win three sets (6-3, 7-5, 6-3). Ro­mania’s Edina Gallovits-Hall bowed out too, being defeated by Germany’s Julia Goerges in the women’s singles event, score 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Gallovits will receive 5 WTA points and AUD 20,000. Romania’s Monica Niculescu qualified for the second round after defeating Switzer­land’s Timea Bacsinszky, score 6-0, 6-3. Monica will next play against Bulgaria’s Tvetana Pi­ron­kova (top seed 32). Three other Romanian players are on the women’s main table: Alexandra Dulgheru, Simona Halep and Sorana Cirstea.

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