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January 18, 2013

Kerber gets a birthday wish, advances in Australia

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The 25-year old Ivanovic had an easier time in the second set, wrapping it up on her second match point.
 
Sixth-seeded Li Na advanced 6-4, 6-1 over 27th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania to a fourth-round match with No. 18 Julia Goerges, who Zheng Jie 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 .
 
Li won the 2011 French Open just a few months after reaching at the Australian Open.
 
After soaring to 106 degrees on day four, the temperature dropped into the mid-70s on Friday, and light rain briefly interrupted play on some courts.
 
Roger Federer has won four Australian Open titles among his 17 majors, and is ordinarily one of the most popular athletes in Australia.
 
The only problem is this: His 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Nikolay Davydenko on Thursday night set Federer on course for a third-round match against Bernard Tomic, the last remaining Australian in the men’s or women’s draws.
 
The 20-year-old Tomic beat German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) in the last afternoon match on the center court at Melbourne Park, keeping his cool on a long, searing day.
 
Federer praised Tomic’s play for the crowd, and later said he won’t mind for whom or how loud fans are cheering Saturday.
 
“I don’t think it matters whether he’s the last Australian or 10 more,” Federer said. “There’s always excitement about Aussies playing here. I played him here last year. The crowd was great. I expect something similar. If it’s not, if it’s totally for him, that’s fine, too. I’m always excited when the crowd gets into it.”
 
The day-time temperature got progressively hotter until late afternoon, meaning top-ranked Victoria Azarenka had it slightly easier in her second-round match — a 6-1, 6-0 win over Eleni Daniilidou, Greece — than third-ranked Serena Williams did in the next match on Rod Laver Arena, a 6-2, 6-0 win over Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

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