Rafael Nadal completed a straight sets win over Israel’s Dudi Sela at the Australian Open on Friday. The Spaniard looked far more competent compared to his second round escape. In a two hour and four minute workout, Nadal won through 6-1, 6-0, 7-5.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson was also a straight sets winner in Melbourne. Anderson bombed down 18 aces on his way to a 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 triumph over France’s Richard Gasquet. The 14th seed will next meet Nadal in the fourth round.
The shock of the day came when Roger Federer was eliminated folowing a dramatic 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 third round defeat at the hands of Italy’s Andreas Seppi at the Rod Laver Arena. Seppi did the job seven minutes shy of three hours. Although the Swiss served more aces and hit more winners than the Italian, he committed more unforced errors (55-40) and double faults (9-4) proved his ultimate undoing.
Andy Murray won relatively easily against Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 in a touch over two hours. Murray hit nine aces and 29 winners on his way to victory. Tomas Berdych made light work of Viktor Troicki.
The seventh seed saw off the Serb 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 at the Margaret Court Arena. Berdych served down 20 aces and hit an incredible 55 winners in 111 minutes on court. Tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov was pushed all the way by Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours and 28 minutes on Show Court 3.
It was a bad day for South Africa’s doubles ace Raven Klaasen and doubles partner Leander Paes as the tenth seeds were eliminated in the second round by Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the second round.