Tomas Berdych won a three setter in Melbourne, whilst Stan Wawrinka and Sam Querrey proceeded to the third round of Australian Open due to their opponents’ injuries.
Fifth-seeded Czech Berdych was untroubled today as he hurried to wrap the second round match in three sets. He broke his French opponent Guillaume Rufin in the opening game and never looked back. The Czech, who made it to the quarterfinals of Australian Open in previous two years, ended the first set on a high note by winning a game to love to confirm a double break and claim the opener. A similar outcome in the following set as Berdych built an unassailable lead by breaking 92nd ranked Rufin two times by 4-0. The final set turned out to be the most equal of the three with the Frenchman responding to the first conceded break early in the set, but gave away another serve in the ninth game which ultimately cost him a Melbourne exit. Berdych won with 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 and will play 26th seeded Austrian Melzer in the third round.
Fifteenth seed Wawrinka only needed two sets to enter the next round. He recovered after being a break down in both of the opening two sets before World No. 90 German Tobias Kamke retired with a right shoulder injury. The result: 6-3, 7-6 (4) ret. The Swiss, who has never reached fourth round in Melbourne, is meeting twentieth seed Querrey next.
The latter progressed in a similar fashion as Brian Braker forfeited an all-American encounter early in the second set due to a right knee injury after Querrey had won the opener in a tie-break. The final score: 7-6 (2), 1-1 ret. Just like his third round adversary, Querrey is still waiting for a fourth round appearance at Australian Open.