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By Ajay Tyagi
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Top seed and three time champion Roger Federer looked in awe-inspiring form today when he registered a straight sets win over Spaniard Albert Monatanes to reach the fourth round of the 2010 Australian Open.
Federer opened the match well and pocketed a quick break in the second game to close out the set 6-3. The second set brought continued success for Federer who looked phenomenal in his court coverage and precision at the net and broke Montanes in the ninth game to race to a two sets to love lead.
The final set brought more troubles for the Spaniard who got broken in the very first game. Federer then capitalised on the single break and sealed the victory with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 scoreline.
"Well, I thought it was dominated from my side with my serve, which allowed me then to take chance on the return. Pretty straightforward match, really. I don't remember him having any breakpoints," assessed Federer.
Earlier in the day, sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko delivered a flawless performance to beat Argentine Juan Monaco 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round. Davydenko is yet to drop a set in the championship and is a strong contender for this year's title.
Last year's semifinalist Fernando Verdasco had the easiest entry to the last 16 of the event when his opponent, Austrian Stefan Koubek retired from the match due to an injury. Similar was the story of another third round match where Russian Mikhail Youzhny gave Pole Lukasz Kubot a walk over due to a persistent wrist injury.
In the women's draw, top seed and defending champion Serena Williams registered a convincing 6-0, 6-3 win over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the pre-querterfinals.
"I felt like I played okay. I still feel like I can do better. I think my forehand was solid today. I liked it today a lot," said Serena.
In the day's first match, Australian hope Samantha Stosur stayed on course for her maiden Grand Slam win with a 6-4, 6-1 demolition of Italian Alberta Brianti. Although another Italian Francesca Schiavone was fortunate enough to pull an upset win over tenth seed Agnieszka Randwanska with a 6-2, 6-2 scoreline.
Seventh seed and Miami champion Victoria Azarenka also had an easy entry into the next round when she beat the third Italian in the draw, Tathiana Garbin 6-0, 6-2 to move ahead. She was later joined by ninth seed Vera Zvonareva, who took out Argentine Gisela Dulko 6-1, 7-5 to reach the last 16.
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