Roger Federer coasted to a routine 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory Monday night over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the 10th year in a row.
It was Federer's second consecutive victory over an up-and-coming star on the ATP Tour, following his win Saturday over Australia's Bernard Tomic by a nearly identical scoreline.
Like in the Tomic match, Federer grabbed an early service break to take the first set, won a closely contested second set in a tiebreaker and then faced little opposition in the final set.
The key to the match was Federer's ability to handle Raonic's powerful first serve and make his opponent pay when he had to toss in a second serve.
For the match, Raonic won just 70 percent of his first-serve points and only 50 percent of his second-serve points.
The Swiss great also remained completely dominant on his own serve, winning a whopping 85 percent of his service points and not facing a single break point during the match.
Through four matches at this year's Australian Open, Federer has not dropped serve a single time.
Next up in the quarterfinals for the world No. 2 will be France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open finalist, who defeated countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In other action Monday in the men's draw, No. 3 seed Andy Murray of Scotland advanced with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over France's Gilles Simon and will next take on another Frenchman, surprise quarterfinalist Jeremy Chardy.
In women's play, world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and world No. 3 Serena Williams both advanced to the quarterfinals with easy straight-set victories, each dropping just two games in wins over Elina Vesnina and Maria Kirilenko, respectively.
Azarenka will next take on Svetlana Kuznetsova, while Serena will play fellow American Sloane Stephens.
The Australian Open is the first of four Grand Slam events on the tennis calendar. EFE