The top seeds in the top half of the draw carried on where the seeds from yesterday left off. Djokovic carried on his superior form seeing off the injured Nicholas Mahut, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. The pundits who doubted whether Djokovic could carry on his amazing run from 2011 into 2012 seem to be well and truly silenced as the Serb has only lost 10 games so far. Djokovic will play the winner of Milos Raonic and Lleyton Hewitt. Andy Murray also cruised through against a potentially difficult opponent, Michael Llodra, but Murray’s flare proved too much for the Frenchman as he was dispatched, 6-4, 6-2, 6-0. Jo Wilfred Tsonga also went through convincingly against Frederico Gil, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 and will now play Kei Nishikori in the last 16. Richard Gasquet put in a superb performance against Janko Tipsarevic winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 and will now play Spaniard David Ferrer who had a tougher round against Chela, although he still managed to win in three sets. The biggest upset in the men’s draw today was Gael Monfils losing in five sets to Kukushkin, 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 1-6, 6-4. Kukushkin’s coach, who also happens to be his wife, must be pleased that Kukushkin was able to set up a clash with Britain’s Andy Murray.
Serena Williams went safely through to the last 16, as she was never troubled by Greta Arn winning 6-1, 6-1. She will now face the German, Sabine Lisicki who after dropping the first set against Svetlana Kuznetsova fought back to win the match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Sharapova made her opponent Angelique Kerber look like a junior as she went on to win 6-1, 6-2, so far only losing 5 games in the whole tournament. Sharapova is still seeking another grand slam after winning her last slam here in Australia. Ana Ivanovic continues to progress through the tournament under the guidance of Nigel Sears, beating Vania King 6-3, 6-4 convincingly; she will now face Petra Kvitova who had an even easier ride against Maria Kirilenko who pulled out after losing the first set 6-0 and 1-0 down in the second. There were a few more upsets in the women’s draw today. Marion Bartoli was out powered by Chinas Zheng, 6-3, 6-3 and Vera Zvonareva losing to a fellow Russian Makarova, 7-6, 6-1.