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Australian Open tennis: Tomas Berdych sweeps past Fabio Fognini into quarters

Tomas Berdych beat Fabio Fognini in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

tennis Updated: Jan 22, 2018 12:45 IST
Reuters, Melbourne
Tomas Berdych,Fabio Fognini,Australian Open
Tomas Berdych defeated Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis tournament. (REUTERS)

Czech Tomas Berdych belied his lowest seeding at a grand slam since 2010 by sweeping into his seventh Australian Open tennis quarter-final with a convincing 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini on Monday.

Showing great mobility for a big man, Berdych fired 37 winners to neutralise the potentially tricky world number 25 in a sometimes niggly two-hour contest on Margaret Court Arena.

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Italian Fognini, looking restricted by a foot injury in the opening set, briefly grabbed control of the match for breaks in the second and third sets but Berdych would not be denied.

Berdych next meets Roger Federer, who beat him in the third round last year on his way to winning the title, or Hungarian Marton Fucsovics for a place in his third Melbourne Park semi-final.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 11:09 IST