|Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return during his men's singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia at 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 14, 2014. Roger Federer won 3-0. (Xinhua/Xu Yanyan)
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MELBOURNE, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Four-time champion Roger Federer encountered little trouble to beat wildcard James Duckworth of Australia here on Tuesday in the opening round of the Australian Open.
The Swiss, seeded sixth at Melbourne Park, used one hour and 46 minutes to seize a 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2 victory at Rod Laver Arena.
The victory not only put Federer in a second round match against Blaz Kavcic, who qualifies as opponent Radek Stepanek retired, but also saw the 17-time Grand Slam champion began his 57th consecutive major tournaments, surpassing the Open Era record of 56 he used to share with Wayne Ferreira of South Africa.
Federer had his new coach Stefan Edberg in stand watching his opening match of the Australian Open.
"It's obviously great fun playing in front of him," said Federer. "It's in a way a dream come true for me. I used to watch his matches and get inspired to play this great game, so it's very special."