Federer up and running

  • Last Updated: January 1 2014, 12:49 GMT

Roger Federer looked in good shape as he started his Brisbane International challenge with a win.

Roger Federer: Safely through to round two in Brisbane
Roger Federer: Safely through to round two in Brisbane

The Swiss, looking to climb back into the world's top four after a poor 2013, dropped only six games against Finland's Jarkko Niemenen, winning 6-4 6-2 in the second round as he looked untroubled in the Pat Rafter Arena.

Federer was happy with his start.

He told the official ATP website: "I expect myself to play a bit better in the next match, even though today was already very good for a first match in so many weeks, to be honest, and against Nieminen who can play very good tennis."

Federer will come up against a home favourite in the next round in the shape of Marinko Matosevic.

In what was his first tour victory on an Australian court, the Bosnia-born 28-year-old saw off the big-serving Sam Querrey 5-7 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.

One Australian did go out, though, with Matthew Ebden disappointing as he lost 6-2 6-4 to second seed Kei Nishikori.

Maric Cilic continued his comeback from a doping ban with an impressive 7-5 7-5 win over Grigor Dimitrov, the fifth seed. He'll next meet Nishikori.

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