Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic eased into the best 16 at Australian Open 2013 in straight sets.
Third seed Murray met World. No 110 Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis at Rod Laver Arena in the third round of Australian Open today. All of the three sets followed a similar pattern as the favorite Scotsman allowed himself to give away a serve in all of them, yet he broke his unseeded adversary twice each time to claim an easy enough straight sets victory. The final score: 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Stronger opponents are yet to come for Murray who will now wait for the outcome of an all-French encounter between Simon and Monfils to know who to prepare for next.
Blaz Kavcic, the second Slovenian to have entered third round at a Grand Slam tournament, has recovered enough after his overly exhausting second round duel, yet he was completely helpless against seventh-seeded Tsonga in the third round. Kavcic was unable to gather more than seven games in total. The highlight of his performance today was breaking back in a rather tight third set, but Tsonga was stronger there too and progressed into the last sixteen with a convincing 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory.
13th-seeded Raonic and 17th seed Philip Kohlschreiber are only few spots apart on the ATP standings, yet the German was subdued in less than two hours by the Canadian talent in their third round clash. Raonic managed to make his way through the match without offering the opponent any break point opportunities and fired away 23 aces in the process. Kohlschreiber was therefore never really close to getting anything from the match which Raonic wrapped up with a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 triumph.