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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal entered the Australian Open as co-favorites, and they remain that way after they both cruised through their first-round matches.
Federer was impressive, as he steamrolled the 23-year-old Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. After winning the match in 90 minutes, he said that he couldn't have hoped for a better start, and it showed as he looked comfortable and fairly care-free during an interview with ESPN following his victory.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal also cruised in his match, which ended when Marcos Daniel retired from the match with an obvious knee ailment while down 6-0, 5-0. There isn't too much that can be concluded from this match, but the Spaniard didn't look to be hampered by the illness that he struggled with in Doha, which is a good sign.
Kim Clijsters has been pegged by many as the favorite to take the women's singles title, and she lived up to the hype last night when she double bageled former world No. 1 Dinara Safina. Clijsters was good, so good that she felt the need to apologize to Safina after the incredibly one-sided match.