Seeds unmoved in men's draw at Melbourne


There were no surprises in the men's draw at Melbourne Park on Wednesday as the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych eased into round three of the Australian Open.

All 14 seeds in action on day three of the tournament avoided defeat, with world number one Djokovic brushing off the unheralded Quentin Halys 6-1 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

Federer, Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were also victorious in straight sets, but Gilles Simon - the 14th seed - was made to work much harder before eventually beating Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 7-5.


Djokovic made comfortable progress in the latest step of his title defence, although his teenage opponent, Halys, did show his potential in a hard-fought third set.

Seventeen-time grand slam champion Federer proved almost untouchable on his first serve as he brushed aside the challenge of Alexandr Dolgopolov in little more than an hour and a half, while Mirza Basic was unable to make any impression against Berdych - the sixth seed.

The home crowd were able to cheer a straight-sets win for Nick Kyrgios against Pablo Cuevas on Hisense Arena, while Noah Rubin - who hit the headlines with his shock first-round win over a frustrated Benoit Paire - exited meekly at the hands of another Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert.



None. Zero. Zilch. 

This was certainly not a day for the underdog, as every match in the men's singles draw saw the higher-ranked player take victory.


Basic mustered a paltry 12 points on the Berdych serve as the Czech raced to a 6-4 6-0 6-3 triumph on Hisense Arena.

The irrepressible Djokovic has yet to drop a set in 2016.



Ahead of his second-round tie with Tommy Robredo, Milos Raonic appears to be taking inspiration from a tennis great.

The Canadian posted on Instagram: "'One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation' - Arthur Ashe. And I have prepared, I made sure I did everything I could to be ready to face tomorrow's challenge. I'm ready to fight, I'm ready to compete. #TeamMilos."

Kei Nishikori feels comfortable in Melbourne. The men's seventh seed tweeted a photo of himself with the tournament director, adding: "Thanks @CraigTiley! The @AustralianOpen really feels like my "home" Slam. You guys really treat us so well."

A delighted Kyrgios followed his success by tweeting: "Tough one tonight @AustralianOpen but I was clutch when I needed to be. Thanks again to the #Hisense crowd, you're the best!!"


"It is really difficult to anticipate when you don't know the player in front of you," Tsonga reveals his 7-5 6-1 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Omar Jasika was anything but easy. Tsonga showed his caring side in the third set, tending to a ball girl who had been struck.

Grigor Dimitrov has been tipped for stardom for some time - could this be his breakthrough event? "You never know, one tournament can change everything for you. You never know when that tournament might be," he said after dispatching Marco Trungelliti in four sets.



Dimitrov was handed the nickname 'Baby Fed' when he first came to prominence - and the Bulgarian's reward for winning on Wednesday is a mouth-watering meeting with Roger Federer.

Kyrgios faces Berdych in another standout third-round tie, while Djokovic will continue his campaign against Andreas Seppi.

Before all that, the remainder of the second-round matches - including second seed Andy Murray's meeting with Sam Groth - take place on Thursday.



Novak Djokovic (1) beat Quentin Halys 6-1 6-2 7-6 (7-3)
Roger Federer (3) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-5 6-1
Tomas Berdych (6) beat Mirza Basic 6-4 6-0 6-3
Kei Nishikori (7) beat Austin Krajicek 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) beat Omar Jasika 7-5 6-1 6-4
Marin Cilic (12) beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4)
Gilles Simon (14) beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 7-5
David Goffin (15) beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4 0-6 6-4 6-2
Dominic Thiem (19) beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-1 6-3
Roberto Bautista Agut (24) beat Dusan Lajovic 4-6 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-1
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (26) beat Daniel Brands 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-3
Grigor Dimitrov (27) beat Marco Trungelliti 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5
Andreas Seppi (28) beat Denis Kudla 7-5 6-4 6-4
Nick Kyrgios (29) beat Pablo Cuevas 6-4 7-5 7-6 (7-2)
Federico Delbonis beat Renzo Olivo 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-2
Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Noah Rubin 6-3 6-4 6-0