Federer sets up Tomic clash
A review of Thursday's men's singles action at the Australian Open.
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Roger Federer swatted aside the challenge of Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko to join title contenders Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the third round of the Australian Open.
Federer was at his elegant best to cruise through 6-3 6-4 6-4 and improve his head-to-head record against Davydenko to 18 wins from 20 matches.
The world number two, bidding to become just the second man in history to claim five Australian Open crowns, will now meet home hope Bernard Tomic.
Tomic earlier hit back to beat Daniel Brands in four sets, after which he talked up his chances of beating the 17-time major winner.
"I feel so confident," he said. "It is the perfect time to play him. I've got a good attitude to win, and I think I can do it."
The pair met at the fourth-round stage last year with Federer dropping just eight games in a masterclass.
"That was the second time I played Roger and he played pretty well that day," Tomic added.
"I have my tactics on what I have to do. We'll see."
Federer was fortunate to play his match with Davydenko after the sun had gone down on a brutally hot day in Melbourne.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Murray both enjoyed energy-conserving straight-set wins.
With temperatures exceeding 100F, getting the job done quickly was the order of the day and Murray and Tsonga were clinical in dispatching Joao Sousa and Go Soeda respectively.
World number three Murray was rarely troubled by the Portuguese, winning 6-2 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 41 minutes, while Tsonga spent 22 minutes more in seeing off Japanese Soeda 6-3 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 as both progressed through to the third round.
Next up for the Scot is a meeting with resurgent Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who beat 25th seed Florian Mayer for the loss of just six games.
Although pleased with the win, seventh seed Tsonga was not pleased by the manner in which he achieved it.
"I didn't play a good match," complained the Frenchman. "I didn't have the right attitude in this match. Hopefully I will be better in the next one and try to play my game more than I did today."
Tsonga will play Blaz Kavkic in round three after the Slovenian came through a five-set struggle with wild card James Duckworth.
Three more Frenchman also advanced: Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet.
Monfils continued his comeback from injury by outlasting Lu Yen-Hsun 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 0-6 6-1 8-6. In a remarkable finish, Monfils clinched the match on his fourth match point having served double faults on the previous three.
He will now play Simon, seeded 14th, who needed four sets to beat Jesse Levine. Ninth seed Gasquet beat Alejandro Falla in three.
Sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro cruised past Benjamin Becker 6-2 6-4 6-2.
Milos Raonic, seeded 13, and 17th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber will meet in the last 32 after straight-set wins.
Raonic beat Lukas Rosol while Kohlschreiber was too strong for Amir Weintraub.