Australian Open: Roger Federer beats home hope Bernard Tomic in third round
Last Updated: January 19, 2013 2:02pm
Roger Federer: Made seamless progress at the Australian Open
Roger Federer ended the hopes of home favourite Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open after claiming a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena.
Federer outclassed his opponent in all areas as he racked up his 250th Grand Slam win and reached the last 16 in Melbourne for the 12th successive year.
Tomic had stated in the build-up to the match that "it was a good time" to play Federer but the Swiss maestro was the quickest out of the gate as he broke in the opening game.
The world number two, bidding to become the second man in history to win the title five times, was rarely threatened on serve despite some fine rallies in which Tomic displayed his immense talent.
Having claimed the opening set, Federer created break point chances in the first, third, ninth and 11th games of the second set but Tomic, roared on by a partisan crowd, managed to hold on.
And when the No 43 moved 4-1 up in the tie-break it looked as though he was going to level the match up. But Federer hit back with Tomic unable to match his levels of intensity.
The Australian had his first break point opportunity at the start of the third but once it came and went, Federer did not give him another look in, breaking twice more to book a fourth-round clash with Milos Raonic.
"I had a few more chances than he did, but I thought the tie-breaker was going to go his way," Federer said.
"I think overall we played a great match, he really got the best out of me tonight."
Tomic added: ""A lot of players, when you play these sort of players like Roger or Novak, you lose belief before you get into the match.
"Eighty or 90 per cent of players that play the top guys, like with Roger, you lose your belief. I got in there, I started to think after they mentioned all these Grand Slams leading up - Wimbledon champion six times, six times US Open champion.
"I tried to block out who's on the other side of the net but couldn't quite do it after that announcement."