(REUTERS, AFP) - 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-time 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 world No. 3 will next play Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Meanwhile, fifth-seed Maria Sharapova crushed Japan's Nao Hibino in a ruthless first-round display as she fired a warning to her rivals.
The Russian, attempting to win her first title at Melbourne Park since 2008, was in blistering form to take the match 6-1, 6-3 in 73 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.