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Federer, Murray move on, Del Potro upset at Aussie Open

5:47 AM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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Melbourne, Australia (Sports Network) - Second-seeded Roger Federer and third- seeded Andy Murray rolled in their Saturday matches at the Australian Open to move into the fourth round.

Federer, who has lost in the semifinals the last two years, cruised by Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. He trailed 4-5 in the second, but rallied to win the set, then cruised through the third set.

The four-time champion won 88 percent of his first serves and was aided by 41 unforced errors by Tomic. He will face Milos Raonic in the fourth round. Raonic ousted Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Murray is back into the fourth round of a Grand Slam, for the 19th consecutive time to be exact. Murray was a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 winner over qualifier Ricardas Berankis.

The 25-year-old Scot and reigning U.S. Open Champion, Murray, has not lost a set so far during the tournament.

Jeremy Chardy pulled off the first big shocker in Melbourne.

The Frenchman downed 2009 U.S. Open Champion and sixth-seeded Juan Del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3 in the third round.

"My tactic was very simple: I play slice with my backhand and I try to play short slice because like this he has to come in the court. After, with my forehand, I can go full power," Chardy said.

Chardy broke Del Potro's serve in the eighth game of the fifth set and then held on before concluding the match with an ace.

"Well, the match was really tough. Jeremy play so strong during four hours. He serves well. He made a lot of winners with the forehand, very good slices," Del Potro said.

With Del Potro's loss, only three Grand Slam winners remain on the men's side of the draw.

Chardy will square off against No. 21-seed Andreas Seppi, who was a 6-7 (7-2), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner over 12th-seeded Marin Cilic.

Seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfreid Tsonga had a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Blaz Kavcic, while No. 9 seeded Richard Gasquet defeated Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.

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