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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Australian Open l Djokovic and Almagro, the third round, Verdasco, KO


The world number one Serb Novak Djokovic overcame safely on Czech Radek Stepanek , seeded thirty-first (6-4, 6-3, 7-5) to reach the quarter-finals of the Australia Open , firstGrand Slam of the season. Seventh straight win for Djokovic against Stepanek and reached the fourth stage of the competition for the seventh consecutive year. The Balkan tennis player, who has won 18 of his last 19 played commitments, will face the winner of the second round match between American Sam Querrey and SwissStanislas Wawrinka .


GRANOLLERS-LOPEZ, FORWARD
The Spanish pair formed by Marcel Granollersand Marc Lopez won a spot in the next round with a victory over the Italians Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace. Granollers and Lopez bowed to the Italians 7-5, 6-4 in just over an hour mark.ALMAGRO, A THIRD ROUND The SpanishNicolas Almagro , tenth favorite, won the PoleJerzy Janowicz , twenty-fourth (7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1) and surpassed the third round, first Grand Slam of the year. The Spanish player held her own against the resistance of his opponent in the first two sets. Almagro remained strong, especially with the serve, and pushed through the first two sets in the tiebreaker.Janowicz, however, blamed the defeat of the initial sets and fell apart in the third, which upheld the victory of Almagro. Nicolas Almagro will face in the second round to Serb Janko Tipsarevic , eighth seed, who needed five sets to overthrow the Frenchman Julien Benneteau, thirty-second.Tipsarevic beat Frenchman 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

VERDASCO, KO IN FIVE SETS 

Fernando Verdasco succumbed after five sets and nearly four hours of match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson , firmer in the final stretch of the match that sent him to the knockout stages. Anderson claimed his first victory against the Spanish , with whom he had fallen in the two previous occasions they had faced, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. The South African tennis player, which boasts a service solvent, the kick did not, however, a decisive weapon, although it took more than a rush and kept him in the match. Verdasco took the lead until the fourth set. He won the first and third and threw the rest in the room, settled in the tiebreak and Anderson returned to the fight. In the last race, Verdasco remained standing during the first four sets (2-2) . Then he collapsed and could not prevent his rival won four straight games to close out the match and reach the fourth round.

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