Switzerland's Roger Federer defeated France's Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 Tuesday in first-round action at the Australian Open.
"I'm obviously very happy with this first round match, so total control. He can be a tricky opponent, you know, but I guess his playing style doesn't disturb me that much overall," Federer said.
The Swiss star needed just 83 minutes to beat Paire in Melbourne, where he is making his 53rd appearance at a Grand Slam.
The heat is always a factor at the Australian Open, but Federer did not appear particularly concerned.
"I have practiced and played so many matches over the years in a lot of heat. I almost favor myself over my opponent in the heat. Obviously, when you get the hot match, you try not to stay out there for too long. But then again, you know, if you have to, that's what it is, you know. That's part of the game," the Swiss star said.
In other action on the men's side on Tuesday, Britain's Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed, beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, while Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro defeated France's Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. EFE