Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 23 January 2010

Roger Federer Hitting Full Stride in Australia

Roger Federer put on a tennis master class on Saturday morning (GMT) as he defeated Albert Montanes to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open.

The 15 time Grand Slam champion required just 1 break in each of the 3 sets to win 6-3 6-4 6-4 as his Spanish opponent never came close to causing Federer problems on his own serve.

While Albert Montanes was never considered a big threat to Federer going into this match, he has hit form heading into the second week of the competition. While the level of opposition may raise from now, these dominant performances will give him the confidence he thinks he needs to win his fourth Australian Open title. His odds are down to 5/2 favourite to win the Australian Open.

Federer faces Lleyton Hewitt in round 4 after the Australian progressed leading 6-0 4-2 when opponent Marcos Baghdatis withdrew with a shoulder injury.

In the other men's singles matches completed this morning, Novak Djokovic came through as a comfortable straight set winner over Denis Istomin. Fernando Verdasco booked his place in the next round after his opponent, Stefan Koubek retiring after the first set with the Spaniard leading 6-1. Nikolay Davydenko beat Juan Monaco 6-0 6-3 6-4 and Nicolas Almagro saw of Alejandro Falla in 3 sets. Mikhail Youzhny pulled out of his match with Lukasz Kubot with a wrist injury.

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