Sun, Jan 19, 2014 - Page 20 News List

Federer, Azarenka, Murray hit top gear

‘BIG STEP UP’:The three swept through Teymuraz Gabashvili, Yvonne Meusburger and Feliciano Lopez, while Maria Sharapova struggled to beat Alize Cornet

AFP, MELBOURNE, Australia

France’s Stephane Robert became the first “lucky loser” to reach the Australian Open fourth round when he beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan. It was the first match between two lucky losers at this stage of a Grand Slam since 1973. Robert, 33, will now play Scotland’s Murray.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won impressively against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut upset Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori reeled off the last 10 games against Donald Young to end US interest in the men’s singles and go into a match-up against Rafael Nadal or Gael Monfils.

And Tsonga, runner-up in 2008, ended the campaign of fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon.

In the mixed doubles, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and South Africa’s Raven Klaasen lost to Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada 7-5, 6-3.

Hsieh’s compatriot Chan Hao-ching and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden lost to India’s Sania Mirza and Horia Tecau of Romania 4-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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