Australian Open 2016: Evergreen Roger Federer eases through to second round

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The green stripes on Roger Federer’s predominantly white shirt were a good fit.

After all, the major talking point on day one of the Australian Open was not what had happened on court, but rather the revelation that several pros were happy bending the rules in order to procure a certain green substance.

But on a day which rocked the tennis world, comfort could at least be provided the ease in which the evergreen champion trampled over his first-round opponent – the 116th ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

Showing no signs that he was still suffering from the flu-like illness which affected him in the first half of this month, Federer claimed a 6-2 6-1 6-2 win on Monday night at Rod Laver Arena, a court where he has four times earlier hoisted the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup – even if three of those triumphs came on the green Rebound Ace surface no longer in use.

In beating Basilashvili in one hour and 12 minutes, Federer extended his streak of Grand Slam tournaments at which he won at least one match to 51.

Federer now faces 35th-ranked Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, against whom he has won both of their previous encounters.

It said something of Federer’s dominance on Monday night that he could afford to drop his serve midway through the opening set, but still contain it to 23 minutes.

The third-seeded Swiss broke for the first time in the third game of the opening set, claimed following a double fault by the Georgian. Even when landing them in play, Basilashvili’s second serve was ripe for the picking by the all-time men’s Grand Slam singles title record-holder, who won 17 of the 24 points on which the Georgian had faulted.

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