Roger Federer kicked off his record 57th successive grand slam appearance with a 6-4 6-4 6-2 win over local wildcard James Duckworth to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Swiss played cool under a blazing sun at Rod Laver Arena, eschewing a cap for his usual headband, and waited patiently for the 133rd-ranked Duckworth to fall on his sword with his high-risk chip and charge game.
With his new coach Stefan Edberg watching calmly from the stands behind a pair of shades, a restrained Federer broke his 21-year-old opponent once in each of the first two sets before marching through the third to wrap up the match in less than two hours.
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Bidding for an 18th grand slam title, and a fifth at Melbourne Park, sixth seed Federer next faces the winner of Czech Radek Stepanek and Slovakian Blaz Kavcic.