Easy wins for big guns
A review of Tuesday's action in the men's singles at the Australian Open.
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Roger Federer and Andy Murray matched Novak Djokovic in delivering impressive first-round wins at the Australian Open.
Two-time defending champion Djokovic crushed Paul-Henri Mathieu yesterday to send a marker to his title rivals.
But Federer and Murray were equally as dominant this afternoon in straight-set wins over Benoit Paire and Robin Haase respectively.
Murray was first out on to Rod Laver Arena to crush Haase 6-3 6-1 6-3 and he was later followed on to the same court by four-time Melbourne winner Federer, who eased past Frenchman Paire 6-2 6-4 6-1 in his first match of 2013.
Federer said: "Benoit's a good player, a good talent. I haven't played a match this season yet and you're not sure [how you're going to play]. That's why you're relieved when you get through the first one."
The Swiss, who will next face either Israel's Dudi Sela or former world number three Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, hopes his decision to play no warm-up matches does not come back to haunt him.
"I've had a few busy years since I had kids," he said. "I just wanted to cool down a bit. It's nice to enjoy the off season.
"I hope it's the right decision, we'll see how it goes. I'm confident in my play."
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the runner-up here in 2008, is regarded as a threat to the 'big three', especially if can raise his game late in the second week, and he too looked good in seeing off French compatriot Michael Llodra 6-4 7-5 6-2.
The same applies to Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro, who dropped just five games in beating French qualifier Adrian Mannarino.
Marin Cilic also recorded a three-set victory over Marinko Matosevic - although he was forced to work harder for the win. Cilic eventually wore down his rival to win 6-4 7-5 6-2.
Gilles Simon, seeded 14, recovered from a set down before he overcame Filippo Volandri 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2, while ninth seed Richard Gasquet saw off Albert Montanes 7-5 6-2 6-1.
Big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic dropped the first set but hit back to beat Jan Hajek in four while there were also wins for 17th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and 21st seed Andreas Seppi.
Marcel Granollers, the No 30 seed, is through to the second round after Grega Zemlja retired hurt after two energy-sapping sets.
Granollers was leading 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 when Zemlja was forced to call it quits.
In the late match, Bernard Tomic, the talented young Australian who claimed his first title in Sydney last week, proved far too strong for Leonardo Mayer, going through his full repertoire to win 6-3 6-2 6-3.