World number one Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round on day three of the Australian Open as the Serbian proved too good for French qualifier Quentin Halys.
The reigning champion coasted to a two set lead inside an hour but the 19-year-old Frenchman showed great spirit in the third breaking Djokovic to force a tie-break but Djokovic denied him a way back into the match by gaining a 6-1 6-2 7-6(7/3) straight sets victory.
Djokovic will now face Italian Andrea Seppi on Friday as the 28th seed overcame the challenge of USA’s Denis Kudla 7-5 6-4 6-4 to set up a third round clash with the Serbian.
Swiss man Roger Federer also overcame feisty opposition as the third seed overcame an Alexandr Dologopolo fight back in the second set to eventually run out a with a comfortable 6-3 7-5 6-1 straight sets win.
The four-time Aussie Open champion will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, as the eight seed overcame a tough challenge from Argentine Marco Trungelliti to set up a clash with Federer by scoring a 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5 victory.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori was given a tough match by American Austin Krajicek but the seventh seed eventually battled to a 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 to bag a place in the next round.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas fight back proved to too late for the Spaniard as 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic held on to record a 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7/4) win.
Czech Republic Tomas Berdych also cruised into the next round with a 6-4 6-0 6-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic, as did Jo Wilfired Tsonga with the Frenchman comfortably seeing off Aussie Omar Jasika 7-5 6-1 6-4.
In the women’s action, Serena Williams marched onto into the third round, as Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei caused no major problems for the 20-time grandslam winner who eased to a 6-1 6-2 victory.
It was also an easy day at the office for Russian Maria Sharapova as the fifth seed cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
However, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova’s tournament came to an end after she fell to 21-year-old Australian Daria Gavrilova who scored a straight sets 6-4 6-4 win over the sixth seed.
Agnieszka Radwanska proved too much for Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard as the fourth seed bagged a 6-4 6-2 win to reach the third round, while 12th seed Belinda Bencic cruised to a 6-3 6-3 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.
Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro held off a tough test from Maria Sakkari of Greece as the tenth seed came from a set down to win 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-2 and bag a spot in the next round.