Djokovic and Ferrer advance
A review of Friday's men's singles action at the Australian Open, including wins for Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer.
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Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak once again to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open without dropping a set.
The Serbian was broken serving for the match but recovered quickly to defeat Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3 7-5 in a minute short of two hours.
It was the second seed's 27th straight victory dating back to his US Open final defeat by Rafael Nadal and his 24th in a row at Melbourne Park.
For the most part, this was the sharpest he has looked this tournament, and Istomin soon found himself scampering around the back of the court in a vain attempt to live with his opponent.
Djokovic broke serve for the first time in the third game of the match and then again to take the first set.
Istomin, who is coached by his mother Klaudiya, took a medical time-out for treatment to his left leg but again found himself swiftly behind in the second set.
He simply could not match the athleticism of Djokovic and frequently was left going for impossible shots.
But he hinted at a comeback in the fifth game of the third set, stringing together a series of winners and soaking up the acclaim of both the crowd and his opponent.
Still there did not appear any real threat to Djokovic, who was a break up and had not faced a single break point.
But serving for the match he double-faulted to hand Istomin his chance and then netted a forehand.
He broke again immediately, though, letting out a huge roar, and this time he completed the job.
Djokovic goes through to face talented Italian Fabio Fognini, who was a straight-sets winner over Sam Querrey.
Earlier David Ferrer booked his place in the fourth round of a grand slam for the 15th time in succession after a straight-sets win over Jeremy Chardy.
Ferrer, the No 3 seed, defied the searing Melbourne heat to down the Frenchman 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in two hours 12 minutes
The Spaniard will now face Florian Mayer, a 7-5 6-2 6-2 winner over 20th seed Jerzy Janowicz, in the last 16, with Ferrer boasting a 4-3 winning record against the world No 37.
And Ferrer was delighted to have extended his record in the grand slam.
"I am very proud of that, I like to play consistent and over the last four to five years I have been getting some good results," Ferrer said.
"I was relieved to win the second set, it was a miracle because I was a lot of set points down and after winning the second set I played more relaxed and felt better."
Seventh seed Tomas Berdych has joined Ferrer in the fourth round after a straight-sets victory over Damir Dzumhur.
Berdych needed an hour and 45 minutes to brush aside the Bosnian 6-4 6-2 6-2.
Next up for Berdych will be a fourth-round clash with South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who fought back from two sets down for the second straight match to defeat France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
It will be the third straight time the pair have met in Australia and the fifth time in nine grand slams, with Anderson yet to win.
Meanwhile, 20th seed Jerzy Janowicz lost 7-5 6-2 6-2 to Florian Mayer of Germany.
Janowicz then revealed he has been playing with a broken bone in his foot against the advice of his doctor.
The Pole was not able to practise during the off season, and he said: "Today I was completely kaput."
Spain's Tommy Robredo came from a set down to knock out ninth seed Richard Gasquet during the night session.
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