Federer through to fourth round at Australian Open

Roger Federer was back to his vintage best, beating Xavier

Malisse 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in a third-round match Friday at the

Australian Open.

While the defending champion also won in straight sets in his

opening-round match against Lukas Lacko, he was extended to five

tough sets against Gilles Simon in the second round, a near

five-hour match which Federer said he was he relieved to

survive.

On Friday at Rod Laver Arena, there were no such dramas for the

second-seeded Swiss star who chasing his fifth Australian title. It

took him 1-hour, 45 minutes to beat Malisse and earned an Open Era

record 57th career match win at the Australian Open.