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In what was another perfect day for the men's seeds at the Australian Open, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka led the way into the last 16 in what were largely routine wins for the big guns in the bottom half of the draw.

Britain's Andy Murray was the star of the evening session at Melbourne Park, and the Scot recovered from dropping the second set to take the other three comfortably enough, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. He will next square off another night-bird in 16th seed Bernard Tomic, with the Aussie beating compatriot John Millman 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

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The seeds continue to be shown the door in the bottom half of the women's draw with the 2016 Australian Open losing another major player in third seed Garbine Muguruza. Joining her in making a premature exit from the tournament was 9th seed Karolina Pliskova. That leaves 7th seed Angelique Kerber as the only Top 10 player in the bottom half of the women's draw, though her path to a possible maiden Grand Slam final does contain the 14th seed Victoria Azarenka, a two-time champion here at Melbourne Park.

It was a day of straight set wins for the women on Saturday morning as none of the six matches made their way into a third set. In fact, the matches were so one-sided that only one saw a 6-4 set.

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Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams stayed on course for a record equaling 22nd Grand Slam title by making light work of Russian challenger Daria Kasatkina in her third round encounter on a wet Friday at the Australian Open.

Williams, who had a rusty start to the tournament on Monday, seems to have hit top form over the course of the week, dropping just 2 games en route to thumping Kasatkina 6-1, 6-1 to book her place in the fourth round. Serena will probably have a succession of Russian opponents coming her way with Margarita Gasparyan her next challenger.

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Top seed Novak Djokovic and third seed Roger Federer stayed on course for a semi-final showdown at the Australian Open, but had to work hard for their wins, given genuine workouts by seeded opposition.

Djokovic breezed through the opening set of his match with 28th seeded Italian Andreas Seppi, before having to knuckle down and grind out a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (5) win.

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On a day when there wasn't an empty seat in the stadium, nor a dry eye inside it, Australia's favourite tennis son Lleyton Hewitt bade farewell to professional tennis going down in straight sets to 8th seed David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to bring an end to a fantastic career.

The early plaudits on Day 4 of the Australian Open belonged to 2nd seed Andy Murray, who was in devastating form against big serving Aussie Sam Groth, dropping just 5 games en route to powering through to the third round, 6-0, 6-4, 6-1. Murray will next face the 32nd seed, Joao Sousa of Portugl, a 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 winner against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.

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In what turned out to be a wonderful Wednesday for the seeds at the Australian Open, all 14 of the men in action progressed to the third round, where quite a few of them will now run into each other before the week is out.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic was in action late in the evening, cruising in the opening couple of sets against Frenchman Quentin Halys, before having to battle back from an early break down and needing a tiebreak to progress in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3). Up next for the 5-time Australian Open champion is the 28th seed Andreas Seppi. The veteran Italian defeated American Denis Kudla in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

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Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams and the woman she has made a habit of beating over the last decade, Maria Sharapova, stayed on course for a quarter-final showdown at the Australian Open by registering matching wins in the second round at Melbourne today.

Sharapova opened proceedings on Rod Laver Arena and the 5th seed wasted little time in easing past Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, 6-2. 6-1. It wasn't the perfect performance from Maria, who made a rather high 24 unforced errors over the course of just 15 games, but she still had more than enough in the locker to not break much of a sweat under the closed roof.

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