Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Super Ferd Cruises into Fourth Round

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Super Ferd Cruises into Fourth Round

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ROGER FEDERER and Novak Djokovic barely broke sweat today as they eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Federer showed no ill-effects from his five-set thriller against Gilles Simon on Wednesday night as he brushed aside the challenge of Xavier Malisse for the loss of just seven games.

Djokovic had an even easier time as his fellow Serbian and Davis Cup team-mate Viktor Troicki had to pull out with a stomach strain after losing the first set of their contest.

Federer had a 7-1 record coming into the match against his good friend Malisse and rarely looked troubled as he clinched a 6-3 6-3 6-1 victory in one hour and 45 minutes.

The Swiss made a storming start, racing to a 5-0 lead in double-quick time.

Malisse pulled it back with a break of his own but Federer closed it out.

The Belgian, ranked 45th in the world, threatened a comeback at the start of the second as he broke to establish a 3-1 lead.

But the 16-time grand slam champion simply upped his level to rattle off five consecutive games to extend his advantage.

Malisse cut a despondent figure in the third as Federer toyed with him. The Belgian finally got on the board late in the set, offering a bow to the crowd in mock celebration, before Federer wrapped it up.

The defending champion said afterwards: "I am still happy I passed the test against Simon.

"Today wasn't a whole lot easier although the scoreline might suggest it."

Federer will meet Tommy Robredo in the last 16, the Spaniard beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-2. Djokovic had mixed feelings following his match, which he was leading 6-2 before Troicki defaulted. While he was concerned over his opponent's injury he was equally pleased to have got through without expending too much energy.

He said: "After the match he told me that he could not make a full movement of the serve. …

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