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Djokovic rolls past Seppi

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Novak Djokovic continued his path to a potential Australian Open semi-final showdown with Roger Federer with a 6-1 7-5 7-6 third-round victory over Italy's Andreas Seppi on Friday.

The five-time Australian Open champion raced out to an opening 5-0 lead before Seppi, who beat Federer in four sets at the same stage last year, finally held his own serve although the Serb went on to clinch the first set within 25 minutes.

Seppi, however, then rediscovered the form that troubled Federer so much last year and it was only successive lengthy rallies of 20 and 32 shots in the 11th game of the second set that enabled Djokovic to break, then serve out.

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The pair remained on serve throughout an evenly matched third set until Djokovic saved two set points in the tie-break to set up a fourth round clash with 14th seed Gilles Simon who beat Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 6-1.

"I started the match very well with great intensity and I played some very solid tennis for the first 30-40 minutes," Djokovic said.

"He then stepped it up, he started serving well and he has a very quick game from the back of the court with a lot of depth so I backed up and did a lot of defending. It was very close in the last two sets and could have gone either way."

Elsewhere, seventh seed Kei Nishikori defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-4 and ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eliminated Pierre-Hugues Herbert with a 6-4 7-6 7-6 win.

David Goffin also progressed to the next round after beating Dominic Thiem 6-1 3-6 7-6 7-5.

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