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Australia Open - Federer through

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2008 | 2:14 PM

Roger Federer banished any fears about his fitness with a dazzling 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 win over Diego Hartfield to begin the defence of his Australian Open title.

The world number one came into tournament without any match practice after suffering a stomach virus.

Third seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and home hope Lleyton Hewitt, seeded 19, also recorded straight-sets wins.

Djokovic beat Benjamin Becker 6-0, 6-2, 7-6, while Hewitt matched Federer\'s scoreline as he thrashed Belgium\'s Steve Darcis.

Hewitt next faces Uzbekistan wildcard Dennis Istomin where victory will set up a third-round meeting with 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis or former champion Marat Safin.

Other qualifiers were Fernando Gonzalez, David Nalbandian, Robin Haase.

Venus Williams reached the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Yan Zi.

Also advancing were Russian second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Anna Chakvetadze and Daniela Hantuchova.