Australian Open Day 4 Review (Men): Federer, Djokovic Secure 3rd Round Spots; Wawrinka Stunned

Defending champion Roger Federer has booked his place in the Australian Open 3rd round after he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in their 2nd round clash.

Second seed Federer saw off world number 55 Struff 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to set up a 3rd round meeting with French 29th seed Richard Gasquet.

When asked if he had requested an evening match after his match, Federer said: “It’s not my call, it’s [the tournament officials’] call.”

“I wouldn’t have minded playing during the day because if you want to get to the top, you’ve got to thrive in all conditions.” he added.

Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka has been eliminated from the Australian Open after the ninth seed was beaten in his second match since returning from knee surgery.

The 2014 champion, who only decided to feature on the eve of the tournament, was beaten 6-2 6-1 6-4 by American Tennys Sandgren.

After the match, Wawrinka said: “I think the last 12 days was more than what I could have dreamed coming here.”

“I really came without thinking I will be able to play the first match. That’s a big step for me.” he concluded.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic recovered from a set down to see off Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 win over France’s Gael Monfils.

Belgian seventh seed David Goffin also followed the aforementioned Wawrinka at the second round stage after he was beaten 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 7-6 (7-4) by world number 59 Frenchman and 36-year old tennis star Julien Benneteau

Fourth seeded German Alexander Zverev will face Hyeon Chung of South Korea after he defeated compatriot Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem, 24, recovered from two sets down to see off American Denis Kudla 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-3 and reach the last 32 where he will face France’s 26th seed Adrian Mannarino, who beat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-3 in their 2nd round clash.

12th seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro saw off Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (0-7) 6-4 to reach the last 32.

13th seeded American Sam Querrey suffered a surprising exit to world number 80 Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who won 6-4 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-2 to secure a last 32 berth.

2-time Australian Open semi–finalists Tomas Berdych is also through to the third round after beating Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 2-6 6-2 6-3.