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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.


Murray hoping for grass court return after hip surgery

Murray recently withdrew from the first Grand Slam tournament of the season - The Australian Open. Credit: PA

Andy Murray underwent surgery on his right hip on Monday morning and is hoping to return to competitive tennis for the 2018 grass-court season.

The 30-year-old former world number one, who has not competitively played since Wimbledon last summer and last week withdrew from this month's Australian Open, announced via his official Facebook page that he had gone under the knife in Melbourne, and vowed to return to the top.

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The now world number 19 said the two options available to fix his troublesome hip were to continue with rehab or have surgery, for which he admitted the chances of success were not as high as he would have liked.

But, after undergoing the operation in Australia, Murray's outlook was more optimistic.

"I'm very optimistic because, having spoken to the surgeon after he did the surgery, he was very happy about how it went," Murray said, quoted by several national newspapers.

"He felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago and, obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago, I was ranked number one in the world.

"Moving forward I'll certainly be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals."

Australia's Kyrgios wins Brisbane International

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Australian Nick Kyrgios secured his first ATP Tour title on home soil as he beat Ryan Harrison in the final of the Brisbane International.

The 22-year-old fired 17 aces as he powered to a 6-4 6-2 victory over his American opponent on Sunday.

Kyrgios wrapped up the first set in 37 minutes despite having to save five break points along the way.

The third seed grabbed an early break in the second set and did not take his foot off the gas for the rest of the match as he clinched his fourth career ATP Tour title.

After his victory, Kyrgios told the ATP's official website: "I felt good all week. I felt right at home.

"Every time I stepped out here you (the fans) gave me such great support. I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes it may not seem that way. But I do - I really appreciate it."

Seventh seed Damir Dzumhur beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1 6-4 in the opening round of the Sydney International.

There were also first-round wins for Paolo Lorenzi and Alexandr Dolgopolov over Jordan Thompson and Viktor Troicki respectively.

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