Federer cruises, big names advance in Australia

Federer, the defending champion, finished off a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Jan-Lennard Struff a half-hour before midnight, when the temperature was still around 29 degrees C (84 degrees F), and said playing at the height of the heat wouldn't have bothered him.

If Fognini wins this match, he will reach only his second Grand Slam quarterfinal from 39 attempts.

French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko struggled at times before beating Duan Yingying 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

A moment of controversy in the game came midway through the second set when the umpires communicated to the players that Hawk-eye is down and there can not be any challenges made till the service is back up.

Federer returned from a lengthy injury layoff to claim his fifth Australian Open title a year ago and 12 months on he was moving as freely and dominating much as he did in his heyday.

There was more drama earlier on the center court and Margaret Court Arena, when second-seeded Wozniacki and 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to come back from big deficits.

Tsonga rallied from 5-2 in the fifth to overcome Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a 3-hour, 37-minute match that contained one of his nonchalant between-the-legs shots on an important point.

The 19-time Grand Slam victor is yet to lose a set at Melbourne Park this year, seeing off world number 80 Fucsovics 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

He will next meet Hungarian world number 89 Marton Fucsovics on Monday.

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Djokovic, 30, is playing in his first event since Wimbledon past year after a six-month lay-off with an elbow injury.

Chung moves on to take on the Novak Djokovic who beat up on Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-, 6-3.

He will next play the victor of Friday's later match between Tennys Sandgren and Maximilian Marterer.

He wasn't expected to encounter too much trouble with Fucsovics and so it proved with three service breaks, and no break points on his own service along with 34 winners.

Halep will next play Japan's Naomi Osaka who beat local hope Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2.

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final previous year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand. Garcia will play Madison Keys in the fourth round.

Groth is playing his final tournament before hanging up the racquet and convinced Hewitt to come out of retirement and partner him at Melbourne Park.

Gasquet secured his first break of the match on his second opportunity but was broken serving to stay in the match at 4-5, with Federer benefiting from a net cord to finish the match with a backhand volley victor.

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