Federer blows away Tomic
A review of the rest of the action in the Australian Open men's singles.
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Roger Federer extinguished the Australian Open hopes of home favourite Bernard Tomic for the second year running with a ruthless straight-sets win.
Tomic declared in the build-up that "it was a good time to play him" but that optimism appeared horribly misplaced as the brash 20-year-old was swatted aside 6-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 by the Swiss master.
Federer, 11 years his senior, was superior in every element as he secured a place in the last 16 for the 12th successive year and his 250th Grand Slam win.
Tomic required a fast start to back up his bold words but instead it was Federer who struck first, breaking in the opening game.
And the world number two, bidding to become just the second man in history to win this title five times, was rarely threatened on serve despite some breathtaking rallies in which Tomic displayed his immense talent.
Having claimed the opening set, Federer increased the pressure, creating break point chances in the first, third, ninth and 11th games of the second set but he could not find a way through as Tomic, roared on by a partisan crowd, managed to hold on.
And when the world number 43 moved 4-1 up in the tie-break it looked as though he was going to level the match up.
But Federer roared back with Tomic unable to match his levels of intensity.
The Australian had his first break point opportunity at the start of the third but once it came and went the writing was on the wall.
Federer claimed Tomic's serve twice more to move through to a last-16 meeting with Milos Raonic.
"It was a great match, Bernard has had a great run and he got the best out of me tonight," said Federer.
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Andy Murray will next meet Frenchman Gilles Simon who came through a remarkable clash with Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 4-6 1-6 8-6.
The four hour 43 minute contest saw both players struggle physically with Simon first receiving treatment in the third set for a quadriceps problem.
Later he also required a massage on his right forearm while Monfils needed medical assistance to deal with blisters on his racket hand.
Having overcome the setback of relinquishing a two-set advantage, Simon had the chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fifth only to be broken.
He hit back and did not miss the chance when it came again at 7-6.
"I was almost dying at the end of the second set, it was already two hours long and I thought it would be difficult," Simon said.
"Gael started to play better and I could not do anything for an hour.
"I just tried to do my maximum and I think I did it."
Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro is out after losing in five sets to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
The powerful Argentinian was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-7 (7/3) 3-6 6-3 in three hours and 45 minutes, a result that removes a dangerous high-ranking opponent from Murray's section of the draw.
Chardy, the world number 36, used his big forehand to whip 44 winners and 20 aces past the former US Open champion.
The 25-year-old hit a total of 78 winners during the match at the Hisense Arena, where he raced into a two-set lead thanks to three breaks of serve.
Del Potro, however, recovered to level matters and force a deciding set.
The key moments of the fifth set came in games five and eight, with Del Potro missing out on a break point opportunity in the former - a game that required five deuces to settle its outcome.
And in the eighth game, Chardy secured the decisive and only break of the set, before holding his serve to 15 to seal an impressive triumph with an ace.
Chardy admitted: "I think it's maybe my best win because it's in a Grand Slam at the Australian Open and against a top player."
Chardy now faces Italian Andreas Seppi - the 21st seed - in the last 16.
Seppi shocked the 12th seed Marin Cilic in five sets 6-7(7-2) 6-3 2-6 6-4 6-2.
These two results - on paper at least - could help Murray's passage in the tournament with the Scot now an even bigger favourite to reach the last four in Melbourne.
On a good day for France, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also progressed.
Ninth-seeded Gasquet beat Ivan Dodig 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/2) 6-0 while seventh-seeded Tsonga cruised past Blaz Kavkic for the loss of seven games.
Milos Raonic was also a winner as he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4.