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Federer romps into fourth round in Melbourne

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer strolled nonchalantly into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a seemingly effortless 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory over Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Swiss, a four-time champion at Melbourne Park, had played his second round match against Blaz Kavcic on the second showcourt Hisense Arena on Thursday, the first time in 10 years he had played on the court.

Federer was at his clinical best on his return to Rod Laver, remaining unruffled even on the Russian's five break opportunities as he calmly swatted away the challenge in one hour, 41 minutes.

Federer will next meet either 10th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried or his compatriot Gilles Simon, who play later on Saturday.

Source: Reuters

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