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Federer, Murray solid in wins in Australia

Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:09 AM   |   Comments

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MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- World No. 2-ranked Roger Federer and third-seeded Andy Murray posted solid straight-set wins Monday in fourth-round action of the Australian Open.

Federer lost only 12 points on serve in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win over 13th-seeded Milos Raonic. Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the 35th consecutive Grand Slam event.

He lost only four points serving in the first two sets, putting the first away with a 10th-game break and he didn't lose a point serving in the second-set tiebreaker. Raonic had slightly more success against Federer's serve in the third set but didn't manage a break point as Federer won the first four games of the set.

Federer ended up winning 85 percent of the points on serve. He had 14 aces -- two more than his unforced error total.

Murray dispatched 14th-seeded Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, winning 70 percent of the points on serve. Murray had 12 aces and no double faults as he saved both break points he saw. Murray had 32 winners against 26 unforced errors. He lost only two points on serve in the third set.

Unseeded Jeremy Chardy is the only player outside the top 10 seeds to reach the Australian Open men's quarterfinals. He defeated 21st-seeded Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 Monday. Chardy had at least one break in each set, with two in each the third and fourth sets. Chardy won 70 percent of the points on serve in those sets.

Seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got by French countryman Richard Gasquet, the No. 9 seed, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. He also won 70 percent of the points on serve and saved all but one of the seven break points he faced.

That advanced Tsonga into a quarterfinal match against Federer, who is 8-3 lifetime against Tsonga. Murray has won four of the five times he's played Chardy, who will be his quarterfinal opponent.

The other men's quarterfinals have world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, coming off a 5-hour, fourth-round battle, facing fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych and fourth-seeded David Ferrer taking on No. 10-seeded Nicolas Almagro.

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