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Result: Roger Federer beats Aljaz Bedene to reach second round of Australian Open

Result: Federer passes first test in title defence
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Reigning Australian Open champion Roger Federer makes it into the second round of the Grand Slam with a straight-sets win over Aljaz Bedene.

Reigning champion Roger Federer has kicked off the defence of his Australian Open crown in positive style by defeating Aljaz Bedene in straight sets in Melbourne.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner caused havoc with his backhand, leaving Bedene with little chance of creating an upset.

In the end, Federer, who stood alone for most of last season when the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were sidelined with injuries, sealed a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory in around one hour and 40 minutes.

The 36-year-old eased into the first set as he broke to go 3-1 up, and it was smooth sailing from there as Federer set the tone with an early break point in the second set.

Bedene struggled to get games on the board, but he did manage to save three break points, which forced his Swiss opponent to serve for the set.

The Slovenian was not as fortunate at the end of the third set as Federer broke to gain match point.

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Roger Federer in action at the Australian Open on January 26, 2017
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