#AusOpen: The Top 3, in Round 3

Djokovic Steps Past Stepanek

Located in the ATP top 30, Radek Stepanek was not going to be a walkover, as said by Djokovic himself: “I wasn’t expecting an easy match coming into the third round and playing a seeded player.” The Czech always varies his shots a lot, unlike many other players – for example Federer and Murray both like to play dropshots quite often. This variation was still the case against the top seed, but Djokovic was still prepared for the his unpredictable play. However, some still blame Stepanek for being too much of a showman; at one point during this match he’d played a high looping shot – perfect for the Serbian to smash – he made a point of turning his back on Djokovic in case he was hit – but he was clearly being sarcastic (yet in our opinion it was still very funny)!

Murray Untroubled

Andy Murray was made to work against Ricardas Berankis. He may have been a qualifier, but six years ago he was also the world No.1 junior player. He has recently comeback from injury but is now back and flying up the ATP rankings. When the match was over, Murray reflected on the Lithuanian with his usual honest and frankness, saying: “He made it tough.” Actually, 22 year-old Berankis had 13 more winners than the Scot. But, the risk-taking Lithuanian sacrificed accuracy and he also played 47 unforced-errors compared to Murray’s 27.

Berankis had never played on a Grand Slam Centre Court before, and in the first set, it was clear the pressure got to him as he made a lot of mistakes. In the second set though, he began to display immense creativity and variety, and led it 4-2 with the Scot now shouting at everyone every time he lost a point. However, he broke Beranki’s serve and that brought back the errors. Andy was then able to hold serve, break and serve out the set to win it 6-4. The final set was tightly fought, and they both held serve until it was 5-5. Murray then set out with a new-found determination, chased every shot and soon he was serving for the match. It lasted 2 hours, 12 minutes and the final scoreline was 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

He’ll play Frenchman Giles Simon in round 4.

Federer Wipes Out the Home Favourite

Local favourite Bernard Tomic was brushed a side by Roger Federer with the match ending 6-4 7-6 6-1 . It wasn’t quite all plain sailing for the number two seed though, the second set saw Tomic put up a real fight but it was ultimately not enough to make the next round. The 31-year old will now play 13th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the last 8.

A Bad Day for Britain’s Women

Laura Robson didn’t have an easy match with seeded player Sloane Stephens, but, after she’d beaten top 10 player Petra Kvitova in the previous round, most people thought she progress straight through. She didn’t though, Stephens won 7-5, 6-3.

Heather Watson had to contend with Radwanska, and she lost 6-3, 6-1.

Also…

Johnathan Marray and partner Sa have been knocked out of the men’s doubles competition.

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