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Child's play for Federer with victory over Dolgopolov

By Tom Allnutt

Roger Federer hopes his children don't choose to follow in their father's footsteps as the Swiss says he would grow bored with 40 years of tennis.

Federer's twin daughters, Myla and Charlene, were both in attendance as the 34-year-old cruised into the Australian Open third round with a 6-3 7-5 6-1 victory over Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The girls, who are six-years-old, were more interested in their books than their father's victory in Rod Laver Arena and Federer said he would be relieved if they avoided a tennis career.

"That would mean 40 years on the tennis tour... that doesn't excite me," said Federer, who also has twin boys, Leo and Lenny.

"I will support them all the way whatever they want to do but I don't see myself doing that right now.

"I'd rather support them in another sport. Going to see them be super skiers... that would be exciting.

"To go watch tennis matches, I don't know. As much as I love it now, I'm just not sure what my excitement level will be in 20 years' time from now."

Also watching on from Federer's box was his new coach Ivan Ljubicic, who joined long-time mentor Severin Luthi on the team in December after Stefan Edberg left the set-up to spend more time at home.

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