Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TENNIS: NADAL, FEDERER, MURRAY SECURES PASSAGE INTO AUSTRALIAN OPEN SECOND ROUND

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer enjoyed safe passages to round two of the Australian Open. 

Nadal's potentially tricky test against Bernard Tomic ended when Tomic retired a set down, while Federer swept James Duckworth aside in straight sets. 


Nadal had been handed a tough draw against Australian Tomic, the world number 57 who was once as high as 27.

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However, after taking the first set 6-4, Nadal was granted a path to the second round when Tomic retired to boos from some sections of the crowd.
 
Federer, meanwhile, chasing a fifth Australian Open title, broke Duckworth once in each of the first two sets to take the sting out of any challenge from the 21-year-old, before easing through the third set despite the heat. 


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It was the sixth seed's first competitive match since six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg joined his coaching set-up. 

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro also made the second round, but 13th seed John Isner went out.

On a day when temperatures reached 42C, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki also went through. 



Britain's Andy Murray made the ideal start to his Australian Open campaign with a quick win over Japan's Go Soeda in searing heat.

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On a day that saw the temperature exceed 40C, the Wimbledon champion spent just 87 minutes securing a place in round two with a 6-1 6-1 6-3 victory.

Source: BBC SPORTS

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