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Federer begins Australian Open title defence with win

Roger Federer began the defence of his Australian Open title with a routine victory over Aljaz Bedene. Credit: PA

Roger Federer began the defence of his Australian Open title with a routine victory over Aljaz Bedene on Rod Laver Arena.

Having arrived in Melbourne 12 months ago not knowing what to expect from himself following a six-month break to recuperate his knee, this time around Federer is confident in both mind and body.

He did not crush Bedene, back representing Slovenia following his nearly three years as a British player, but one break in the first two sets and two in the third proved enough for a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory lasting an hour and 39 minutes.

Bedene created two chances on the Federer serve but could not take either and the second seed still had several gears to go as he cantered over the finish line.

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