Federer scores win in Dubai Championships

Tennis star brushes aside Llodra to reach 2nd round
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Roger Federer ranged from imperious to effective as he beat Michael Llodra 6-0 7-6 in the Dubai Championships on Tuesday but Britain's Andy Murray was made to fight for his spot in the second round. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Federer raced through the first set in only 17 minutes, breaking his opponent three times in a ruthlessly dominant display of court craft. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Swiss number two seed did not drop a game until the eighth of the match, but the Frenchman dug in to force a tie break in the second set. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The breaker was closely-fought but Federer eventually won it 8-6 with a backhand on the run. He will now play Spaniard Felicano Lopez, who beat France's Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4. (AFP/Getty Images)
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"It's always great to start off a tournament winning the first set 6-0. I don't know when that's the last time it's happened to me," the 16-times grand slam champion said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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World number four Murray was pushed hard by German qualifier Michael Berrer before winning 6-3 4-6 6-4 to book his place in the second round. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The third seed, who was playing his first match since losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open in January, led by a set and 3-2 before Berrer fought back to clinch the second. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Murray looked sluggish at the start of the decider, but broke to lead 5-4 and then comfortably closed out the match. (AFP/Getty Images)
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"At the start of the match I didn't feel great," Murray said on the ATP website (AFP/Getty Images)
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"It was one of those strange sets. It was quite a frustrating match because I was up a break twice in the second set, and each time I think gave it straight back.(AFP/Getty Images)