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Andy Murray and Roger Federer put on a masterclass on Friday as they swept into the last 16 of the Australian Open, hoping to take advantage of Novak Djokovic's shock exit.
Murray swamped Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and Federer humbled Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in just 90 minutes, maintaining his 100% record over his old rival at Melbourne Park.
Women's world number one Angelique Kerber also hit form as she dropped only four games against Kristyna Pliskova to race into a fourth-round meeting with America's Coco Vandeweghe.Murray and Federer had both watched from afar on Thursday as Djokovic, the defending champion and six-time winner, suffered a stunning defeat to 117th-ranked Denis Istomin.
Querrey also upset Djokovic at Wimbledon last year but Murray, made a knight in Britain's New Year honours, never looked like slipping on any banana skins in round three.
He put Querrey away 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in just under two hours, winning 77% of points on his first serve and facing only three break points in a clinical display.The Scottish world number one also showed no signs of discomfort in his right ankle, after he rolled it painfully during his second-round win over Andrey Rublev.
Murray and 17th-seeded Federer are on course to meet in the quarterfinals, with the Scot next facing Mischa Zverev and the Swiss veteran up against Kei Nishikori.
Japan's Nishikori should provide a stern test for Federer and the fifth seed underlined his confident form by seeing off Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, survived a four-set tussle with Viktor Troicki 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7) and now faces Italy's Andreas Seppi, who ousted Steve Darcis of Belgium.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also came through in four sets against American Jack Sock and will play Briton Dan Evans, who beat Australia's Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).
In the women's draw, Kerber finally got into her stride with a 6-0, 6-4 destruction of Kristyna Pliskova, the 58th-ranked twin sister of Czech fifth seed Karolina.
Australian Open results
Round 3 (perfix denote seedings), Men: 17-Roger Federer (Sui) bt 10-Tomas Berdych (Cze) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4; 5-Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Lukas Lacko (Svk) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; Daniel Evans (Gbr) bt 27-Bernard Tomic (Aus) 7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3); 4-Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui) bt 29-Viktor Troicki (Srb) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(7) 1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat 31-Sam Querrey (US) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4; 12-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt 23-Jack Sock (US) 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3; Mischa Zverev (Ger) bt Malek Jaziri (Tun) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; Andreas Seppi (Ita) bt Steve Darcis (Bel) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (2).
Women: 7-Garbine Muguruza (Esp) bt 32-Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) 6-4, 6-2; Mona Barthel (Ger) bt Ashleigh Barty (Aus) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Sorana Cirstea (Rom) bt Alison Riske (US) 6-2, 7-6 (2); 13-Venus Williams (US) bt Duan Yingying (Chn) 6-1, 6-0; 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) bt Jelena Jankovic (Srb) 6-4, 5-7, 9-7; 1-Angelique Kerber (Ger) bt Kristyna Pliskova (Czh) 6-0, 6-4; 24-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) bt 11-Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; CoCo Vandeweghe (US) bt Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

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