Aussie Open Day 5: Federer crashes out, Easy wins for Sharapova, Nadal and Murray

Four-time champion Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open after the world number two fell to a shock third round defeat to Italian Andreas Seppi.

The world number 46 pulled off a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) victory over the Swiss man as Federer suffered his earliest exit at the Aussie Open since 2003.

Roger Federer had reached at least the semi's of the Aussie Open since 2004 image: rte.ie

Roger Federer had reached at least the semi’s of the Aussie Open since 2004
image: rte.ie

There was no surprises for Andy Murray and the Scot enjoyed a relatively easy 6-1 6-1 7-5 victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa. The 2013 Wimbledon Champion will now face tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the next round after the Bulgarian needed five sets to see off Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3.

World Number three Rafael Nadal also endured no real threat from Israel’s Dudi Sela as the Spaniard breezed past his opponent in straight sets 6-1 6-0 7-5.

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych also saw off Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-4. He will now face Bernard Tomic, who also won without dropping a set over fellow Australian Sam Groth 6-4 7-6 (10/8) 6-3.

Richard Gasquet’s tournament is also over as South Africa’s Kevin Anderson needed two tie breaks for a straight sets 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (8/6) victory over the Frenchman.

In women’s action, Eugenie Bouchard put any distractions behind her as she dispatched of France’s Caroline Garcia 7-5 6-0. The 20-year-old’s win on Wednesday was surrounded by accusations of sexism after being asked to “give a twirl” in a post-match interview.

Eugenie Bouchard put controversy aside as she easily advanced to the fourth round image: rte.ie

Eugenie Bouchard put controversy aside as she easily advanced to the fourth round
image: rte.ie

Third seed Simona Halep beat 14th seed Sara Errani 4-6 6-4 6-3 to advance to the fourth round, but Ana Ivanovic’s conqueror Lucie Hradecka is out after Germany’s Julia Goerges beat the Czech 7-6 (8-6) 7-5.

Italy’s Sara Errani is also out of the open as Belgian Yanina Wickmayer saw off the 14th seed 4-6 6-4 6-3, but there were no problems for world number two Maria Sharapova as she dropped just two games to see of Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan 6-1 6-1.

Check out more results from day five of the Australian Open here.

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