Top Men’s Seeds Through To Round Four

World number one Novak Djokovic is through to the Australian Open men’s fourth round in Melbourne.  The defending champion was made to work hard for his 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.  The Serb will meet France’s Gilles Simon next.

Four time champion Roger Federer is also through to the fourth round.  Federer defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Rod Laver.  The Swiss hit 13 aces and powered 48 winners beyond the Bulgarian.

Earlier, seventh seed Kei Nishikori also needed a fourth set to oust Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in third round.  The Japanese triumphed 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 168 minutes at the Margaret Court Arena.  Nishikori hit 33 winners but will want to improve on his 38 unforced errors.

Jo-Wilfriedn Tsonga was also a winner on the day.  The Frenchman progressed beyond Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 at the Margaret Court Arena.  On the doubles court South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram defeated Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey of the United States 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to win through to the men’s doubles third round.