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Djokovic, Federer register contrasting wins to reach Australian Open Quarter-finals

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The top four seeds in the men's draw took their pre-anointed places in the Australian Open quarter-finals, but it was a day of some lopsided scorelines with Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori dominating their respective fourth round opponents, while Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych both needed five sets to squeeze into the last 8.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic played arguably his worst match in over a year, but somehow still managed to win, despite making an incredible 100 unforced errors against 14th seed Gilles Simon.


It appeared to be a routine match for Djokovic as he took the first set 6-3, but the 5-time Australian Open champion went on to spurn 11 break point opportunities in the second set before completely disintegrating in the tiebreak, losing it 7-1. Djokovic threw away an early break in the third set, before eventually breaking again to take it 6-4, but lost the next set by the same scoreline to set up a decider.

Simon stayed in the contest but was overwhelmed by Djokovic in the fifth set as the world no.1 suddenly hit top form and booked his place in the quarter-finals.

Up next for Djokovic is 7th seed Kei Nishikori, a surprisingly easy, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 winner against 9th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsgona. Nishikori broke early in each of the three sets, and was simply too solid for the erratic Frenchman, who showed moments of brilliance, but just no consistency to challenge the Japanese superstar.

Nishikori has a 2-5 record against Djokovic, having lost their last 4 meetings, but will take heart from the fact that Djokovic will be a little weary after playing over 4½ hours today.

The other quarter-final in the top half of the draw will see third seed Roger Federer take on 6th seed Tomas Berdych. Federer crushed Belgian Davis Cup hero David Goffin 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in a virtual no contest in the last match of the day, with the Swiss champion clearly in a hurry to get to bed, playing his service games at lightning pace. The only hiccup for Federer was when he dropped serve at 4-1 in the final set, but an insurance break meant that has was still able to wrap up his match in less than an hour and a half.

Tomas Berdych had no such luck, needing over three hours to get the better of 24th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Berdych has a 6-15 head to head record against Federer, with his last win coming back in 2013. On present form it is hard to see Berdych challenging Federer in that match, and the 30 year old Czech will probably need to play out of his skin just to compete with the Swiss legend.

Singles - Fourth Round

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. [14] Gilles Simon (FRA) 63 67(1) 64 46 63

[3] Roger Federer (SUI) d. [15] David Goffin (BEL) 62 61 64

[7] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. [9] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 64 62 64

[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. [24] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 46 64 63 16 63