Melbourne - Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer breezed past Georgian Nikoloz
Basilashvili in straight sets in his opening match at the Australian
Open on Monday.
The Swiss third seed crushed the Georgian 6-2,
6-1, 6-2 in just 72 minutes and will play Ukraine's Aleksandr Dolgopolov
in the second round.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was in a
different class to his 117th-ranked opponent and showcased his full
arsenal of shots against the bemused Basilashvili in their first
"I am very happy. The first round is never easy and I've
never played against Nikoloz so it was nice opening on centre court in a
night session which is always a pressure situation," Federer said.
"It was a great match and I hope I can keep it up."
broke the Georgian eight times in a dominating performance and
maintained his record of never having lost in the first round in
Melbourne in 17 appearances.
The Swiss great, playing in his 65th
consecutive Grand Slam tournament, hit a total of 31 winners and won 91
percent of his first serve points.
Federer is looking to claim his
fifth Australian Open crown and at 34 become the oldest man to win the
Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall at 37 when he lifted the trophy in 1972.
Swiss legend is on course for a possible meeting with top seed and
five-time winner Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals as he looks for his
first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012.