Federer Wins Opening Match at Australian Open

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Second-seeded Roger Federer started his campaign to equal Pete Sampras

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Scoville Jenkins of the United States during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Second-seeded Roger Federer started his campaign to equal Pete Sampras' record 14 Grand Slam titles with a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-5 win Monday over Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.

Federer has three Australian titles among his 13 majors and lost
in the semifinals here last year to eventual champion Novak
Djokovic.
The 27-year-old Swiss star sealed the first-round win on his
fifth match point when the 35th-ranked Seppi of Italy pushed a
forehand long.


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