Federer whips Berdych, easy for Murray, Kerber
A rampaging Roger Federer delivered a stunning reminder of his class with a crushing 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.
Melbourne: A rampaging Roger Federer delivered a stunning reminder of his class with a crushing 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday. Seeded 17th and playing only his third tour match since a long layoff with a knee injury, Federer was expected to be tested by the hard-hitting Czech but he sent the 10th seed packing in 90 minutes.
The 35-year-old Swiss had shown rust in his earlier matches but was in spell-binding touch with 40 winners and completed the masterclass at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena with an imperious crosscourt backhand. World number one and reigning champion Angelique Kerber wasted no time in racing into the fourth round with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Kristyna Pliskova on Rod Laver Arena.
The 29-year-old German served poorly in the first set and had a minor wobble in the second but recovered her composure to progress comfortably to a meeting with American Coco Vandeweghe. World No 1 Andy Murray cruised past American Sam Querrey to reach his ninth straight Australian Open fourth round. The top seeded Briton beat Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 at a packed Hisense Arena.
Dan Evans continued his fairytale run at Melbourne Park by downing local world number 27 Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6(2), 7-6(3) to give Britain two men in the last 16 of the Australian Open for the first time in 16 years. The 26-year-old, who upset seventh seed Marin Cilic in the second round, prevailed at the end of a thrilling two-hour 48-minute battle in a highly-charged atmosphere on Hisense Arena to end Australia's interest in the men's singles draw.
Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka overcame a rusty start to advance to the fourth round with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(7) victory over Serbia's Viktor Troicki. Wawrinka will now meet Andreas Seppi after the Italian beat Belgium's Steve Darcis 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 7-6(2) in their third round match on Show Court 3. Coco Vandeweghe rallied from a break down in the deciding set to sweep past Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.