A three-time Melbourne finalist Andy Murray recorded a comfortable win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. The highest-ranked British player recovered from conceding a break in the first game of the match before seizing the opener after a tie-break. His serve remained intact later in the clash, whilst he efficiently converted on all three break point chances to make it into the next round with a 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-2 triumph. The last year’s runner-up will now face World no. 119 Frenchman Stephane Robert who dismissed Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-0, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Sixth seed Roger Federer, a four-time Australian Open title holder, entered the fourth round without giving away a service game in the match against 28-year-old Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili. The 79th-ranked underdog started the contest brightly by creating a double break point in the opening game, but the Swiss Maestro escaped the danger and broke the opponent twice later in the set to move one nil ahead. The story of the opener would be retold in the set number two with FedEx again wrapping it up after the second break. Roger then stole another one the Russian’s serves in the following set to land his last 16 spot by winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 and set up a meeting with tenth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman eliminated his countryman Gilles Simon in straight sets: 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2.
“I’m happy that from my side I’m winning my matches in straight sets,” said Federer. “It’s been different conditions every match: the heat first and the indoor match and now normal conditions today with a bit of wind. So it’s just good to get through and get a good feel out there and make sure if you’ve got a chance to win your matches easier to do so. That’s what I was able to do today, so I’m pleased.”
Likewise, seventh seed Tomas Berdych advanced without dropping a set – he sent home young Bosnian Damir Dzumhur. The 21-year old Sarajevo native put up a good fight in the opener which was decided by the Czech clinching a break in the tenth game. He had an easier job in the rest of the match as he added four more breaks of serve to claim the last 16 ticket with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory. In the fourth round he will play Kevin Anderson of South Africa who prevailed in a marathon encounter against Edouard Roger Vasselin. The Frenchman constructed a double set lead and was holding a 4-0 advantage in the fourth set tie-break, but his 19th-seeded adversary pulled of a magnificent comeback to beat him 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-5.