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Roger Federer rained down a barrage of 25 aces on Wednesday as the Swiss third seed crushed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 to book a place in the third round at the Australian Open.

Federer, looking for his fifth Melbourne career title, sprinted to victory in just under 90 minutes with 39 winners and breaks on five of 13 chances against an outclassed Ukrainian.

The 34-year-old winner is moving close to his 300th victory at a grand slam, with one more to go to reach that threshold. Success could come in the next round on Friday.

Federer is off to a solid start as he plays in his 65th straight grand slam event, standing in second place on the all-time list behind Fabrice Santoro on 70 straight. He last won the title in Melbourne in 2010.

"I did serve very well, and maybe Dolgopolov maybe wasn't seeing it as well. But conditions are fast during the daytime, so that helps to be able to serve through opponents," Federer said.

"It's been going very well for me, I hope to keep it up as long as I choose to play tennis. At the least I expect to be in the third round of a slam, so I'm pumped up, playing well, feeling good."

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych eased past Mirza Basic of Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 while Japan's seventh seed Kei Nishikori beat Austin Krajicek 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

David Goffin, the Belgian 15th seed, defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 to next play good friend Dominic Thiem, a winner against Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Women's powerhouse players Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams both blew past outclassed opponents, with each winner losing a mere handful of games to move into the third round.

Fifth seed Sharapova, the 2008 Melbourne champion and losing finalist to Williams last January, crushed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1 while top seed Williams overwhelmed Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1, 6-2.

Sharapova is playing her first event of the season after being forced with miss Brisbane with a forearm injury from last season still lingering.

The 28-year-old Russian admitted that while she is fit again, the problem does occasionally creep into her thoughts.

"I feel pretty good, but I was more confident with my left hand today. That's always something, especially when it's like in the hand/wrist area. It's in the back of your mind.

"But I felt really good and confident today about it."

Sharapova advanced in 71 minutes with six breaks of serve and 22 winners. Williams took nearly the same time to advance.

Sharapova said she had to adapt against a players she had never faced before. "Her game was a little bit unpredictable. I had to make some adjustments. She came up with a few good shots and a few errors, some great big first serves and some shorter ones.

"For me it was really about adjusting today."

Two more seeds advanced, with Swiss number 12 Belinda Bencic dispatching Timea Babos 6-3, 6-3 and 13th-seeded US Open finalist Roberta Vinci beating American Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-3.

German Anna-Lena Friedsam beat China's Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-4 while Kateryna Bondarenko put out weekend Sydney champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 7-5.


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