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Federer wins first match since Aussie

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Back on court, Roger Federer won his first match since claiming his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

The third-seeded Federer beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 on Monday to move into the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Federer, a seven-time Dubai champion who holds a 48-5 record in 13 appearances, missed last year's tournament with a knee injury.

"It's incredible to be back after the knee," Federer said. "I'm standing and I'm here."

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