Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka and Nicolas Almagro enter the last 16 at Australian Open 2013 in straight sets.
An easy day in the office for fifth seed Czech Berdych in the third round as there was a gulf of class between him and 26th-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer today. Berdych cruised through one hour and fifty minutes long match without giving away a serve and never losing control over the proceedings. An early break was a difference between the players in the opener and the Czech just kept piling up the pressure later on. He built a 5-1 lead in the third set to put the outcome of the match beyond any doubt and ultimately finished Melzer off with the fifth match point. He took this one with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 final score.
15th seed Swiss Wawrinka and 20th-seeded US player Sam Querrey were slightly harder to separate. No break points were gifted in the first set of their clash with the tie-break going Wawrinka’s way in the end. The winner of the second set was decided in the late stages as well when Querrey failed to level the score at 6-5. The first break of the match meant the Swiss was in possession of a comfortable two set lead. The final set resembled the previous one as the American did not manage to stay in the game and again dropped his serve at the worst possible time. Wawrinka booked his place in the last 16 with a 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-4 victory and will meet the defending champ Nole Djokovic next.
10th-seeded Argentinean Almagro beat talented Pole Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets, too. An almost perfect serving display saw the players enter a tie-break in both of the opening sets. The more experienced Argentinean was fortunate to grab both of them. Demoralized Janowicz was now facing an uphill battle and he could not cope with the pressure. Almagro was bossing him around for the last set and sent him packing after securing a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 triumph.