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Australian Open: Federer, Murray power into the Fourth Round

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Legendary Swiss Roger Federer and reigning world no.1 Sir Andy Murray powered through to the fourth round of Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday.

Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Federer defeated Czech veteran Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in 90 minutes to advance. World No.1 Murray, meanwhile outplayed America's Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Federer produced a masterclass in front of fellow all-time great Rod Laver, applying pressure and keeping Berdych deep behind the baseline.

After easing through the opening set 6-2, Federer secured a third break of Berdych's serve at the start of the second set, thus seizing control of the tie. Berdych was powerless in light of Federer's imperious backhand.

"I didn't expect this as such, to be honest, especially not this kind of a scoreline. Especially not having to save any break points, just always rolling on the serve. That was a big surprise to me," Federer was quoted sa saying by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) website.

"I think it was a great mental test for me to see if I could stay in the match - point for point. I was able to do that. That's where I'm just really happy that I was able to deliver that… It's wonderful. I'm really happy of course," he added.

Up next for Federer is Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori, the world no.5.

On the other hand, Murray who was struggling with an ankle injury coming into this match said that he felt better as the match progressed as far as his movement was concerned.

"The start of the match was hard (as) Sam came out serving big... the end of that first set was important. He had a break point at 3-4. When I saved that and broke the next game the momentum was with me," Murray said after the match.

Another British tennis player Daniel Evans defeated local boy Bernard Tomic to enter the fourth round of the Australian Open. Evans, the world no.51, defeated Tomic 7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in two hours and 48 minutes.

Evans will now take on Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No.12, who defeated United States Jack Sock 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-7 (10), 6-3.