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Federer, Murray Reach Second Round of Australian Open

Roger Federer, in his first match of 2013, beat World No. 46 Benoit Paire, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian Open.

The World No. 2 broke Paire six times, and saved all three break points he faced. He hit 25 winner and 18 unforced errors.

“I’m obviously very happy with this first round match,” Federer said. “He can be a tricky opponent, you know, but I guess his playing style doesn’t disturb me that much overall. I’m happy I was able to play a clean match out there today.”

Andy Murray also opened with a routine win over Robin Haase, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, striking 25 winners and 20 unforced errors.

“I started the year well in Brisbane, but obviously coming into the slams the first match is normally pretty tough, Murray said. “You know, there’s nerves in the buildup. You’ve just got to try and focus and play solid, you know, not make too many silly mistakes. I did a good job of that today. It’s always nice to get through the first round of any tournament, but especially here.”

Gael Monfils, Bernard Tomic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, and Nikolay Davydenko also advanced.

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