Federer, Nadal stay on track as Sharapova sets up Wozniacki showdown

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer ground out an intense three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an unimaginable twentieth straight year Wednesday, with long-lasting opponent Rafael Nadal likewise securely through in his drive towards an eighteenth Grand Slam title. 

Ladies' shielding champion Caroline Wozniacki additionally advanced to set up a mouth-watering conflict next with in-frame previous world number one Maria Sharapova. 

Be that as it may, it was draped for South African Kevin Anderson, who drooped out to youthful American Frances Tiafoe and turned into the most elevated seed, at five, to be asked to leave for good up until this point. 

On a cloudy day at Melbourne Park, second seed Angelique Kerber, the 2016 victor, and previous US Open hero Sloane Stephens joined the serious canons in cycle three, yet the ladies' side likewise observed a best 10 player crash. 

Ninth seed Kiki Bertens, who hustled through the rankings a year ago subsequent to winning three titles, was whipped in three sets by Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. 

Federer may be 37 however he's not demonstrating his age, with British qualifier Dan Evans the most recent to fall under his spell as he moves in the direction of a third progressive Australian crown and 21st real triumph. 

He vanquished Evans at Wimbledon a year ago with the loss of only eight amusements, yet it was a lot harder task this time, winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. 

"I think whether I could have pulled away before in the match it may have been less demanding," said the third seed. "I think he played exceptionally well, it was difficult to pull away shockingly." 

Switzerland's Roger Federer may be 37 however he's not demonstrating his age, as he progresses in the direction of a third progressive Australian crown and 21st significant triumph 

The Swiss star's Australian accomplishments so far put him on a standard with other six-time champs Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson - in spite of the fact that the Australian incredible's triumphs all preceded the Open time. 

He next plays American Taylor Fritz. 

In the event that he proceeds to win the competition, he will end up being the principal man ever to guarantee at least seven titles at two Grand Slams, having effectively won eight Wimbledon. 

Nadal had a less demanding course to cycle three, clobbering neighborhood trust Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. 

The Spaniard is offering for his very own cut of history by turning into the main man in the Open period, and just the third in history alongside Emerson and Rod Laver, to win every Grand Slam on at least two events. 

"I played a strong match, I was content with the manner in which I served. I completed a couple of things extremely well," said Nadal, who next plays Australian Alex de Minaur. "It is a respect to play here. Was an incredible climate." 

Anderson, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon last a year ago, was sent home by Tiafoe 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. 

The fifth seed battled with elbow damage from the get-go in the conflict and couldn't adapt to the 20-year-old's capacity and artfulness. 

Impact course 

6th seed Marin Cilic, who lost in the last to Federer a year ago, had no such shows, crushing past American Mackenzie McDonald in four sets and next plays Spanish 26th seed Fernando Verdasco. 

Dane Wozniacki, who is engaging rheumatoid joint inflammation, steamrolled Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3 as she offers to wind up the primary lady to safeguard the title since Victoria Azarenka in 2013.

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