Federer storms into Australian Open second round

SYDNEY: A rampaging Roger Federer kicked off his 17th Australian Open campaign with a 6-2 6-1 6-2 demolition of Georgian battler Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the second round on Monday.

The 17-times grand slam champion shone under the lights of Rod Laver Arena to wrap up the match in one hour and 12 minutes, putting on a clinic of clean hitting.

Federer struck 31 winners in the one-sided rout to preserve his perfect record of surviving the opening round at the year's first grand slam.

The Swiss world number three will next play Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.