Federer eases into fourth round of the Australian Open

Roger Federer sailed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with an impressive 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Spain’s Albert Montanes on Saturday, extending his incredible record at grand slams.

The world number one made a shaky start to the championship against Russian Igor Andreev but has gradually improved with each match.

He was in total control of his third-round encounter against Montanes, ranked 32nd in the world, and has now made it through to the last 16 of every grand slam since losing in the third round of the 2004 French Open.

His next opponent will be Lleyton Hewitt or Marcos Baghdatis.

“I feel good, I feel confident,” Federer said in a courtside interview.

“Obviously as the draw goes further the matches will get harder but physically I’m fine, mentally I’m refreshed and that’s how you want to be heading into the second week.” – Reuters

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