Federer too good for Davydenko

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 14:14 GMT

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: Easy victory
Federer: Easy victory

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."

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