Federer streak continues in Melbourne

Jan. 19, 2007 at 9:57 AM

MELBOURNE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer ran his match winning streak to 32 Friday with a straight-set victory at the Australian Open, moving him into the round of 16.

Federer looking to defend his Australian title knocked out 25th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). He draws 14th-seeded Novak Djokovic, who ran his 2007 record to 8-0 with a 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Danai Udomchoke.

In one of the highlight matches of the 2007 open, sixth-seeded Andy Roddick was pushed to four sets by No. 26 Marat Safin before prevailing 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4 7-6 (7-2). Mario Ancic, the ninth seed, is next for Roddick after he blew past No. 22 Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

Three other seeded players posted victories Friday. Seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo topped Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1; No. 16 David Ferrer came back to edge 20th-seeded Radek Stepanek, 6-7 (5-7), 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, 6-3; and No. 18 Richard Gasquet bested Gael Monfils, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Robredo and Gasquet will face-off in the fourth round, while Ferrer will play Mardy Fish.

Fish advanced when Wayne Arthurs, an Australian crowd favorite, retired in the first set because of a reaction to a local anesthetic.

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