Tennis - Federer to start 2014 season against Nieminen

Jarkko Nieminen eased past wildcard James Duckworth 6-2 6-3 to set up a second round clash with Roger Federer at the Brisbane International.

It will be Federer’s first match of 2014 after he received a bye in the opening round, as the Swiss star seeks to put a turbulent year behind him and climb back up the world rankings.

Grigor Dimitrov broke Robin Haase five times en route to a dominant 6-2 6-3 victory in 59 minutes and will face Marin Cilic in the next round who dispatched of Denis Istomin in three sets.

The Bulgarian was imperious on serve, claiming 83 per cent of points, as his opponent failed to fashion a single break opportunity in the entire match.

“I was happy the way I was serving on the important occasions in every game,” said Dimitrov. “I thought I moved quite well on the court. I enjoyed the match.

“Marin is a very dangerous player, and he’s definitely capable of doing a lot of damage.

“So I’ve just got to be ready and got to make sure that I’m going to have a good service game, and obviously try to cover a lot of court. He has a decent serve as well.”

Elsewhere, American Sam Querrey ousted seventh seed Dmitry Tursunov 7-5 6-4 and Australian Marinko Matosevic picked up his first main draw win on home soil with a 5-7 6-4 7-6(4) victory over Julien Benneteau.