Federer classy in straight sets victory

Last updated 01:05 22/01/2013

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Roger Federer overcame big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the fourth round of the Australian Open last night to reach the quarterfinals at a 35th consecutive Grand Slam tournament.

Federer has won four of his 17 major titles at Melbourne Park, where he has reached the semifinals or better every year since first winning the Australian Open in 2004.

The last time Federer failed to reach the last eight at a major was at the 2004 French Open, where he lost in the third round to Gustavo Kuerten. He next plays No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a finalist here in 2008.

The 22-year-old Raonic, seeded 13th, missed another chance to be the first Canadian man into a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open era.

Earlier in the night Andy Murray made harder work of it than many expected but still eased comfortably into the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over weary Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Simon was a physical wreck after Saturday's marathon third round victory over Gael Monfils but he managed to force his spindly legs around the court to break the third seeded Briton twice.

The constant pressure on his own service gradually took its toll, however, and Murray swept into the last eight with his eighth break after a 95 minute encounter on Hisense Arena.

Murray, seeking his second grand slam title after winning last year's US Open, will next face unseeded Jeremy Chardy as he bids to secure a fourth successive semi-final berth at Melbourne Park. 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also join fellow Frenchman Chardy in the quarterfinals.

Seventh-seeded Tsonga accounted for another French player, ninth seed Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 in a fourth-round clash.

Tsonga will play Federer in the next round.

Earlier, Chardy won through to his first grand slam quarter-final after beating Italian Andreas Seppi.

Chardy booked a berth in the final eight with a 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-2  win over the 21st seed.

In five previous appearances at Melbourne Park, he'd never made  it further than the second round, with his former best grand slam  effort the fourth round at the French Open back in 2008.

-With AAP and Reuters

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