AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Istomin, a 19-year-old player from Uzbekistan, is ranked 195th. Playing in his first top-tier event, he had some highlights. He twice aced Federer in his opening service game and in the sixth game of the second set. He had eight aces overall, against only two for Federer. “I played good today, but had too many unforced errors,” said Istomin, who had 39 unforced errors. “It was very good for my career … he gave me seven games.” It was Federer’s second tour event since losing the final of the season-ending Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian at Shanghai, where he hobbled in on crutches because of an injured right ankle. He defended his title at Qatar two weeks ago and played in an exhibition tournament at Kooyong last week. Federer drew a near-capacity crowd to Rod Laver Arena for the first match of the day. While the crowd was cheering for Istomin to mount a comeback and extend the match, Federer finished it off with a service winner, then basked in a standing ovation. “It’s never really easy, first round in a Grand Slam,” said Federer, who met Istomin for the first time in the locker room before the match. “As long as I win, I’m happy it was a good start.” Tommy Haas, ther former No. 2-ranked player who upset Federer in the Kooyong exhibition last week, had a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 14th-seeded Richard Gasquet. Gasquet was one of only four players to beat Federer in 2005. No. 12 Dominik Hrbaty beat Austria’s Oliver Marach 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 and Juan Ignacio Chela ousted Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, leaving Britain without a player in the second round at Melbourne Park. French women Mary Pierce and Amelie Mauresmo advanced in contrasting fashion. Fifth-seeded Pierce, the 1995 Australian Open champion and a finalist at the French and U.S. Opens last season, breezed past local wild-card entry Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-1 in 52 minutes. Mauresmo, the winner of the season-ending WTA Championship in November, struggled at times in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over China’s Sun Tiantian, a doubles gold medalist at the Athens Olympics. A longtime contender, Mauresmo’s best showing at a Grand Slam event was her runner-up finish here in 1999. Three-time Australian Open champion Martina Hingis was to resume her comeback from retirement against Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in a night match. Seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder beat Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-4, 6-3 and No. 12 Anastasia Myskina, the 2004 French Open champion, beat Ukraine’s Yuliana Fedak 7-6 (6), 6-1. Defending champion Serena Williams got a bit of a scare in the second set before dispatching 52nd-ranked Li Na of China 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2. Serena, on a 15-match winning streak at Melbourne Park after winning the title in 2003 and ’05 and skipping the ’04 tournament, will play Camille Pin in the next round. Pironkova, an 18-year-old Bulgarian ranked No. 94 entering the tournament, will play American Laura Granville. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MELBOURNE, Australia — Top-ranked Roger Federer easily advanced to the second round of the Australian Open today, beating wild-card entry Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Federer was broken once, when he was serving for the second set, and faced only three break points in the 83-minute match. The overwhelming favorite for the title, Federer lost only one point on his serve in the second set until he made three uncharacteristically erratic errors to give Istomin the break in the second-to-last game.