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TOMAS Berdych – the highest-ranked men’s player without a grand slam title – continued his Australian Open love affair in ending volatile home-country hope Nick Kyrgios’ campaign on Friday night.

The Czech sixth seed’s 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-4 victory over the Australian, who reached the last eight in a captivating run a year ago, moved him within one win of a sixth Melbourne Park quarter-final in a row.
Berdych will next meet Spanish 24th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who ousted 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 earlier in the night.
JAPANESE star Kei Nishikori has dismissed growing concerns about his troublesome wrist after winning through to the fourth round on Friday.
The world No.7 prevailed 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-4 against Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in an entertaining battle on Margaret Court Arena.
WORLD No.1 Novak Djokovic is into the second week for a Grand Slam for the 27th straight time after a tough straight sets win over Andreas Seppi.
The win extends the Serbian’s remarkable run of success against Italian opposition to a 12th straight year, winning 6-1 7-5 7-6.
Djokovic will now face 14th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon, who smashed Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 6-1.
Djokovic has won 33 successive matches against Italians, with his only Tour-level defeat against a player from Italy coming against Filippo Volandri way back in 2004.
Earlier, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga set up a tantalising fourth-round clash with Japanese gun Kei Nishikori after both stars enjoyed solid wins at Melbourne Park.
Tsonga, a former Australian Open finalist, advanced after recording a 6-4 7-6 7-6 win over compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
The No.9 seed delivered 23 aces in the convincing straight sets victory.
“I just love here (in Australia) it since I started my career and I’ve spent so many good moments here,” Tsonga said.
Goffin wins battle of the young guns

No.15 seed David Goffin is also through to the fourth round after a four-set victory over Austrian No.19 seed Dominic Thiem.
Goffin scored a 6-1 3-6 7-6 7-5 win on Hisense Arena in a nailbiting encounter and will now face the winner of the clash  Roger Federer

Men's Seeds: Day Five

  • Kei Nishikori [7] def Guillermo Garcia-Lopez [26] 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • David Goffin [15] def Dominic Thiem [19] 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
  • Roger Federer [3] def Grigor Dimitrov [27] 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
  • Gilles Simon [14] def Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
  • Jo-Wilfred Tsonga [9] def Pierre-Hughes Herbert 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/4)
  • Tomas Berdych [6] def Nick Kyrgios [29] 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
  • Novak Djokovic [1] def Andreas Seppi [28] 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)
  • Marin Cilic [12] def by Roberto Bautista Agut [24] 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5

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