Defending champion Novak Djokovic turned in a fine performance in the third round of the Australian Open 2014 as he brushed aside unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena today. The second seed Serb broke the deadlock early in the opener which he sealed with the second break. Novak maintained high level of serving in the second set, whilst he broke the World no. 49 opponent to love in the fourth game to eventually go two sets clear. In the third set, Djokovic got broken a couple of times and failed to serve out the clash at 5-4, but his rival handed him another opportunity to wrap things up and grab a deserved 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory after two hours of play. The former World no. 1 Belgrade native, who extended his unbeaten run to 27 matches, will now face 15th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini who defeated Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
“Things got tense towards the end of the match,” Djokovic said. “I made some double faults. This is what happens. I could have easily got into a tie-break and then it’s very even, very unpredictable who is going to win the third. I didn’t want to drop the third set, obviously, so I was very focused to get the job done in straight sets.”
31-year-old Spaniard Tommy Robredo, seed number seventeen, recorded a come from behind win against ninth seed Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman was pulling all the strings in the opening set before losing the grip on the match and allowing Robredo to claim the fourth round ticket by winning 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (6). His next opponent will be recent Chennai title holder Stanislas Wawrinka who was given a walkover against Vasek Pospisil.
Third seed David Ferrer also progressed into the last 16 by brushing aside Jeremy Chardy of France. The Spanish number two rushed through the opener which he closed out after producing a five straight games run, whilst he prevented the Frenchman serving out the second set at 5-3 before prevailing in the tie-break. He reinstated his dominance in the set number three and put the match into bed by breaking Chardy on two occasions. Ferrer won 6-2, 7-6, 6-2 (5) and will take on Florian Mayer in the following round. The unseeded German overcame 20th-seeded Polish prospect Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.