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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 3:38:28 am
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MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer crushed Olympic gold medal-winning doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to win the Australian Open tuneup event at Kooyong. Udonis Haslem jersey . Federer, one away from equalling Pete Sampras record 14 Grand Slam titles, broke Wawrinkas serve three times in the first seven games and downed his Swiss compatriot 6-1, 6-3 win in just 57 minutes. Federer earned his second title at the eight-man exhibition tournament. He won the Kooyong title in 2005, the year he lost in the Australian Open semifinals to eventual champion Marat Safin. With the Australian Open starting Monday, he didnt want to waste a minute of preparation time for the seasons first major. New season, big opportunities for me, Federer said. Im chasing a lot of records. Federer had three wins in the eight-man draw this week and said he saved his best for last, ripping some trademark backhand winners down the line and rarely letting Wawrinka get into the points. Sorry Stan! he said. Its a wonderful preparation for the Australian Open. Im excited. ... It was serious, not crazy serious. We have to be tough against each other, but we played some great tennis. Federer and his Davis Cup teammate frequently hit together and the No. 2-ranked Federer considers himself a mentor and like a brother to Wawrinka. At Kooyong, he taught 23-year-old Wawrinka that he doesnt believe in friendly matches, even at exhibition tournaments. Its nice to play him. We played next to each other. Now hes on the other side, he said. I wanted to see how much hes improved. The second-ranked Federer was entered but withdrew from the Kooyong tournament last year while struggling with mononucleosis. He was beaten in the semifinals of the Australian Open by eventual champion Novak Djokovic, ending his streak of 19 straight match wins at Melbourne Park. He is 31-2 since the 2004 Australian Open, which was the second of his 13 major titles. This time is different. Ive played plenty of matches. Also played Doha, he said. Last year was just a matter of playing the tournament. This time Im trying to win it. Federer has a tough draw at the seasons first Grand Slam event, opening against Andreas Seppi of Italy, then possible matches against former No. 1 Carlos Moya in the second round, Safin in the third and Wawrinka in the fourth. Another semifinal against Djokovic looms. When the possible fourth-round match up was mentioned Saturday, Federer and Wawrinka, sitting side-by-side at the trophy presentation, looked at each other, smiled and nodded. Rafael Nadal, who ended Federers 237-week streak at No. 1 last season after beating him in the French Open and Wimbledon finals, is on the other side of the draw, along with Britains Andy Murray. In the third-place match at Kooyong, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco had a 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. Gonzalez has one of the toughest opening-round matches at the Australian Open, which starts Monday, facing local favourite and former top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt.  Alonzo Mourning jersey . After defeating the New York Rangers in convincing fashion Monday, the sluggish Leafs spotted New Jersey two power-play goals in the first period before clawing back to force overtime in the Devils 3-2 win. Buster Posey Jersey . The unseeded Schwank dominated the first-set tiebreaker and secured the only break of the second set against the former top-ranked Australian. Wholesale Jerseys . At almost every position, the Jays have either a productive young player already holding down a roster spot, an excellent prospect waiting to make the jump to the majors or – in some cases – both. Tony Dorsett Jersey . They have experience in Super Bowl preparation - throughout the week and, even more significantly, on game day. Jim McMahon Jersey . -- Stephen Curry scored a season-high 32 points and added seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors extended their recent home dominance against Portland with a 101-93 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. SUDBURY, Ont. - Alex Hutchings and Bryan Cameron both scored twice as the Barrie Colts stomped the Sudbury Wolves 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League action Friday night. Luke Pither and Kyle Clifford also tallieed for Barrie (38-6-1), while Peter Di Salvo made 24 saves. Walter Payton Jersey. . Kain Allicock had a pair of goals for Sudbury (19-22-5), while John Kurtz and John McFarland tallied. Goaltender Alain Valiquette stopped 28 shots. ' ' '

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