Rafa, Roger breeze into third round at Open

02:16, Jan 17 2014
2014 Australian Open gallery
VENUS WILLIAMS: bowed out early in the first round.
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EKATERINA MAKAROVA: celebrates her surprise win over Venus Williams.
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DAVID FERRER: won through to the second round.
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC: got a first round win over Lukas Lacko.
Novak Djokovic
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Shirt changes likely common at this year's Australian Open.
Serena Williams
SERENA WILLIAMS: overpowered Ashleigh Barty in the first round.
Marcos Baghdatis
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: shows flexibility's important for a pro tennis player.
Yanina Wickmayer
YANINA WICKMAYER: beat Dinah Pfizenmaier in the first round.
Sabine Lisicki
SABINE LISICKI: had a straightforward 6-2 6-1 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the first round.
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CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: celebrates winning her first round match against Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
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HARD IN THE HEAT: An official attends to a ball boy who collapsed during the men's singles match between Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain and Milos Raonic.
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MILOS RAONIC: serves on an outside court with the Melbourne city skyline in the background.
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ANDY MURRAY: had a comprehensive win in his first round match against Japan Go Soeda.
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MARINA ERAKOVIC: hits a forehand during her first round match with Sorana Cirstea.
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SERENA WILLIAMS: untroubled in the second round match.
Novak Djokovic gallery
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: hits a forehand during his second round match with Leonardo Mayer.
Roger Federer
ROGER FEDERER: reaches to hit a return to Blaz Kavcic.
Roger Federer
RAFAEL NADAL: fires down a serve to Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Andy Murray
ANDY MURRAY: trailing 5-1 in the third set, Murray wins 23 straight points to close out a straight sets victory over Vincent Millot.
Victoria Azarenka
VICTORIA AZARENKA'S: personalised shoes during her match against Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Australian Fanatics
'FANATICS':cheer during Nick Kyrgios' match against Benoit Paire.
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Maria Sharapova hits a backhand during her third round match against Alize Cornet.
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Roger Federer has won through to the last 16 of the Australian Open in straight sets.
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Li Na in quarterfinal action against Flavia Pennetta.
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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates defeating Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals.
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Agnieszka Radwanska is through to the Australian Open semifinals.
2014 Australian Open gallery
Agnieszka Radwanska, left, shakes hands with Victoria Azarenka after their quarterfinal.
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Grigor Dimitrov, left, and Rafael Nadal speak at the net after their epic last-eight clash.
Roger Federer
Roger Federer reacts after match point against Andy Murray.
Li Na gallery
Li Na celebrates her semifinal win over Eugenie Bouchard.
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal crushed Roger Federer in straight sets, and will play Stanislas Wawrinka for his 14th grand slam title in the Australian Open final.
Roger Federer
Roger Federer heads to the Australian Open exit.
Li Na
THIRD TIME LUCKY: Li Na kisses the Daphne Akhurst trophy after defeating Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open final.
Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova
Runner-up Dominika Cibulkova and champion Li Na during the trophy presentation.
Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova pumps her fist after winning a point in the Australian Open final.
Li Na
Li Na stretches for a two-handed volley in the women's final.
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal receives treatment on his injured back during the men's singles final.
Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka reaches for a forehand during the men's singles final.
Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka kisses the Australian Open trophy after his first grand slam victory.
Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka sits with the Australian Open trophy at the post-final press conference.

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have both comfortably advanced to the third round of the Australian Open this evening. 

Playing in relative luxury under a closed roof at Hisense Arena after the extreme heat policy was enforced earlier on Thursday, Federer breezed to a 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory over Slovenian Blaz Kavcic.

While Nadal dismantled teenage talent Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-4 6-2 on Rod Laver.

A junior finalist at Melbourne Park and the US Open last year, 17-year-old Kokkinakis underlined his potential by blazing 21 winners against the world No 1 to the delight of rowdy home fans at Rod Laver Arena.

But the rangy Australian was unable to match the firepower of the super-fit Spaniard, who wrapped up the match with a booming serve in under two hours.

Nadal will next play either 25th seed Gael Monfils or American Jack Sock.

It was the first time in a decade Federer was forced to play a match outside Rod Laver Arena, but it didn't bother the Swiss master as he blasted 11 aces and broke Kavcic's serve six times to advance in less than two hours.

The sixth seed next faces either Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco or Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili on Saturday for a spot in the last 16.

French 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Japanese 16th seed Kei Nishikori progressed earlier in the day in more testing conditions as baking temperatures prompted tournament officials to invoke the extreme heat policy.

Tsonga defeated Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-4 - also at Hisense Arena, where the roof was closed after the opening set of their match.

Bellucci said he thought the entire match should have been played indoors, given the forecast of 44 degrees in Melbourne.

The South American qualifier had already toiled away for four matches to scrape into the second round and admitted to being a virtually a spent force even before walking on court.

"When I lost the first set, it was very hard for me to win three more sets so I was just playing because I didn't want to retire," Bellucci said.

Tsonga, who will meet either countryman Gilles Simon or Croatian Marin Cilic in the third round, had no such concerns, saying the conditions were more difficult for him in his first-round match on Tuesday.

"Of course it was hot, but today I had good feelings," he said.

"He played qualies, he had a tough match two days ago and I just play one match ... and I'm maybe physically pretty good."

Nishikori battled Serb Dusan Lajovic on an outside court to win 6-1 6-1 7-6 (7-3) to book a date on Saturday with either Italian 25th seed Andreas Seppi or American Donald Young.

- AAP and Reuters

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