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Summary

  1. Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 6-4
  2. Dan Evans beats Bernard Tomic 7-5 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3) to reach round four
  3. Andy Murray beats Sam Querrey 6-4 6-2 6-4 in round three
  4. Angelique Kerber & Venus Williams through on day five

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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That's it from me after that stunning performance by Roger Federer, Murray's clinical victory and Dan Evans' career best win.

Plenty to look forward to at Melbourne Park tomorrow, so join us very, very early on Saturday morning for all the action.

'I am ready'

Berdych 2-6 4-6 4-6 Federer

Roger Federer said: "I had no expectations, in practice things were going well, I always think practice is not that important, but I was winning tonnes of sets, which I am not sure was a good thing.

"I am happy it went as well as it did, happy to continue my run here even though I struggled in the early rounds. Today was great and I surprised myself."

Asked how he feels about playing Kei Nishikori in the fourth round, he said ominously: "I guess I am ready now.

"I like Kei, I have always been a fan of his game, he is a nice kid, had a great few seasons. I have got my work cut out."

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'I didn't expect it to go this well'

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"I always felt against better ranked players I will lift my game naturally and I know Tomas really well, " says the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

"You feed off each other, I didn't expect it to go this well, I knew it was a tough third round if I got there and I couldn't be happier right now."

Federer wins

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15-0 Federer backhand winner.

30-0 Another winner

40-0 Federer ace

40-15 Berdych holds on in there

And Federer does it with the backhand.

GAME SET AND MATCH.

What a performance by the 35-year-old.

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Berdych 2-6 4-6 4-5 Federer*

Two aces in a row for Berdych to go 40-0

Best to try and keep the ball away from Federer, good tactic.

But he nets a backhand and suddenly it's 40-30, Federer has a sniff of a break and the match as he gets it to deuce.

Federer is like a dog with a bone in this game, we go to the third deuce after Berdych double faults.

A fourth as he sends his return long but an ace sees him over the line.

Federer to serve for the match.

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Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Roger Federer is on fire. He's as cool, calm and collected as you like.

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

This is an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be watching this by Roger Federer. There's a couple of shots where you think that's not even possible. Tomas Berdych is at a loss - what can he do?

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Sean West: Roger Feds is rolling back the years! Imperious.

*Berdych 2-6 4-6 3-5 Federer

New balls.

Can they help Berdych break the Federer serve? Are we clutching at straws?

No and yes.

Federer now a game away from the last-16, where he would face Kei Nishikori.

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David Kislingbury: This is easily the best 2 sets I've seen from #Federer in the last six months! 

Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Tomas Berdych is going to have to hope that there's a moment of weakness in the Roger Federer serve.

Berdych 2-6 4-6 3-4 Federer*

Federer's back hand is so dismissive and he unleashes it for another winner on the first point of the Berdych serve.

But the Czech keeps in there and holds.

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Federer is marching towards the last-16, he sees out the game with ease

Berdych is not getting a look in. The Czech is yet to have a break point.

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Berdych 2-6 4-6 2-3 Federer*

Berdych races through his service game without much problem. He is hanging in there but just the small matter of being two sets and a break down to one of the greatest players of all-time.

Still you never know...

*Berdych 2-6 4-6 1-3 Federer

Is it time to start swinging?

Tomas Berdych sends a forehand down the line to win the first point but Federer quickly levels.

There is more intent behind the Czech's shots and Federer uncharacteristically sends a backhand wide. But again he levels the next point.

An ace takes Federer to 40-30 and Berdych then misses with a lob.

It's better from him, but not good enough.

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Berdych 2-6 4-6 1-2 Federer*

Tomas Berdych, if you need reminding is 10th in the world. TENTH!

Finally his first serve starts clicking, but is it too late?

He holds to love, finishing with an ace. 

*Berdych 2-6 4-6 0-2 Federer

Roger Federer is rolling back the years.

Shot after shot after shot.

He is blowing his opponent away.

Break consolidated.

This is only his third match since Wimbledon. Take that in.

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Berdych 2-6 4-6 0-1 Federer*

If Berdych is going to respond now would be a great time.

Two sets down against an in-form Roger Federer is a daunting task for any player.

The Czech has his head firmly pointing down as Federer gets to 15-30 but Berdych aces to level.

A stunning return gives Federer another break point, and he does it again with that backhand.

He snaps it down the line, Berdych is nowhere near it.

Tomas Berdych
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David Melton: Call me a spoilsport but I don't want Federer, or anyone that might pose Murray any sort of threat to win, so come on Berdych!

Prabhanjan Badami: Roger is definitely the Rolls-Royce of Men's tennis, but is he the Phantom or the Ghost ??!!!

Stephanie Siu: Let's face it; with Federer, seeds don't mean a thing.

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

Wow, it's so impressive. Roger Federer is quick and efficient and you can tell he knows he's playing well and he's sending out a message to the rest of the pack. Tomas Berdych is playing catch-up, which is a complete nightmare. He's got to take some risks and be a bit braver now.

Federer goes two sets up

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57 minutes played and Federer is two sets to the good.

Stunning, absolute stunning from the 35-year-old.

Berdych got the 17-time grand slam champion to 40-30 but could not make it count as Federer holds to take the set.

A mountain to climb for the two-time semi-finalist.

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Berdych 2-6 4-5 Federer*

Berdych makes sure Federer has to serve out the second set.

Over to you Roger...

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Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

People weren't quite sure what to expect from Roger Federer, after being out for so long, but what we're seeing is that he's on point, on message and he's sharp.

#Federer @AustralianOpen serving as well as ever. Applying the pressure to #Berdych then up on the baseline attacking. Fun to watch!

*Berdych 2-6 3-5 Federer

Berdych is really struggling with Federer's service return. It's another hold to love for the 17th seed. Yes you've read that right, Federer is the 17th seed. Madness on today's showing.

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Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

That's better tennis from Tomas Berdych and by going to the net he puts more pressure on Roger Federer.

Berdych 2-6 3-4 Federer*

Tomas Berdych is not really making Federer move much, so we can't really see how he has been affected by his injuries.

Distance covered:

Berdych 756.2m

Federer 630.5m

You can tell who is doing the running and who is dictating the points.

Despite that Berdych gives himself a glimmer of hope with another hold of serve.

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Andrew Neill: In line with lots of headlines I've seen this week I think we have to say Fed is still on course for an 18th slam.

Obi1: Roger on fire! TomasBersych terrified! Na na na na na na na na na na!

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Tomas Berdych looks punch-drunk in the face of this Roger Federer onslaught.

Does he ever miss? 

The Swiss moves closer towards the second set with a simple hold.

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Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

This a masterclass by Roger Federer - he's toying with Tomas Berdych.

Berdych 2-6 2-3 Federer*

A shake of the first from Tomas Berdych as he reaches with all of his 6ft 5in frame to get a volley.

Has that finally got the Czech pumped up? He holds.

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*Berdych 2-6 1-3 Federer

Roger Federer is defying the years with this performance. Clearly those six months off have done him the world of good.

A simple hold, finished off with an pinpoint backhand down the line.

Goran Ivanisevic's face says it all in the crowd, they can't believe what they are seeing.

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Andrew Neill: Is Federer the best 17th seed of all time? 

Possibly Andrew, Andy Murray might be watching this match with some interest, the Swiss is a potential quarter-final opponent.

Berdych 2-6 1-2 Federer*

A love game.

Just what Tomas Berdych needed to get a grip in this Roger Federer hurricane.

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

Not the start to this second set that Tomas Berdych would have wanted. He's being rushed by Roger Federer and it's clouding his thinking. Berdych is just panicking a little bit. He's going to have to work his socks off here to get back into one of Federer's service games.

*Berdych 2-6 0-2 Federer

Does Roger Federer have something to do after this? A good box-set to watch perhaps? because he is not hanging about. 

Berdych looks dead on his feet as Federer toys with him with a stunning drop shot to end the game and hold to love.

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Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

It's a very impressive set of tennis from Roger Federer. He took the ball early and was risk taking and he took Tomas Berdych by surprise as he hasn't played as well as that so far in this tournament. Berdych hasn't had a chance to get into this match yet and he needs to start to establish himself now. He needs to make sure that he serves a lot better for a start.

Federer breaks (again)

Berdych 2-6 0-1 Federer*

Right can Berdych respond?

In a flash he is 0-30 down in his own serve.

Can someone remind Federer he is 35?

The serve and volley give the Czech a foothold in the game, but his next shot is wide and it's another two break points for Federer.

He converts the second of those. Berdych struggling on Rod Laver.

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Tomas Berdych might want to take a close look at his first serve, it was only 41% in that first set.

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Federer wins first set

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Federer serves for the first set and we have only been playing 24 minutes. Not sure many expected this situation.

Goran Ivanišević does not look too happy with what he is seeing from his player Berdych.

Federer takes it to 40-15 with an incredible defensive volley and gives himself two set points.

His first goes into the net, the second is put into the net by Berdych.

First set Federer. Wow.

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