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Roger Federer beats Richard Gasquet to reach Australian Open fourth round

21 January 2018

Novak Djokovic, as president of the ATP player council, said this week at the Australian Open in Melbourne that "everybodys trying to do their best" when asked about players getting a bigger slice of the Grand Slam cash pool. On a packed Saturday night schedule, the tournament will see the premier women's match between Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova.

Defending champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The victory makes Federer the only male player ever in the Open era to win at least 90 matches at two grand slams, having also achieved that feat at Wimbledon. "I'm nearly dead", Halep said of the match which equaled Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 - also 48 games - for the Australian Open record in terms of most games. I played a long match against Gael [Monfils] a few days ago.

"So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing". "I'm feeling good, it's good to win today, of course, on my birthday".

A change in her back-up team, to hook up with Jo Konta's former coach Wim Fissette, seems to have turned the clock back two years.

World No. 1 looked good despite a left ankle injury in her last round win over Eugenie Bouchard.

Halep will play the victor of the later match between local hope Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.

Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova.

Djokovic had not played a competitive match for six months before his first-round clash with American Donald Young and while that was a breeze, his clash with Monfils in 40 degrees heat proved to Agassi that the 30-year-old is battle ready.

The 36-year-old Swiss maestro is yet to drop a set in his quest for a 20th grand slam title. "It's a great way to go out", Ferrell told the media at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

Novak Djokovic, ranked No. 14 in this tournament, is set to face No. 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.

It was the Latvian who ended her Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open in 2017 as she returned from a drug ban.

"It's going to be a hard, difficult challenge to me", del Potro said.

Muguruza had little to celebrate in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had only previously beaten one top 10 player in singles.

"But still, you know, playing in this condition is of course very unsafe for the health of the player".

Among men into the third round was fifth seed Dominic Thiem, who came from two sets down to beat American qualifier Denis Kudla, and fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

Roger Federer beats Richard Gasquet to reach Australian Open fourth round