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Federer, Wawrinka, Schnyder advance at Olympics

Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Patty Schnyder have all won their opening matches of the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing on Monday.

The world number one breezed past Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 and will face Rafael Arevalo of El Salvador in the second round.

Wawrinka took three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-2) to defeat Canada’s Frank Dancevic. He will take on Austria’s Jürgen Melzer in the next round.

The two Swiss also won their first doubles match in Beijing, beating Italy’s Simone Borelli/Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-1.

However, Federer is still set to lose his world number one ranking to Rafael Nadal next Monday after a record 235 weeks.

The Swiss has said an Olympic medal is a top priority after not winning a Grand Slam title so far this year.

Meanwhile, Patty Schnyder has qualified for the second round after defeating American Jill Craybas 6-3, 6-2 and now plays Sybille Bammer of Austria.

Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland’s number two in women’s tennis, lost her opening match against Venus Williams 6-3, 6-2.

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