Melbourne: Four-time champion Roger Federer encountered little trouble to beat wildcard James Duckworth of Australia here 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 also saw the 17-time Grand Slam champion began his 57th consecutive major tournaments, surpassing the Open Era record of 56 set by 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."