Melbourne, Jan 21: Roger Federer worked his way out of trouble to advance to the third round as Andy Murray maintained his hold over local players at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Swiss Grand Slam master Federer was stung into action after losing the first set to reel in Italian Simone Bolelli in four sets and take his place in the seeded round.
Murray, a three-time runner-up in Melbourne, extended his record against Australian opponents to 10-0 with a consummate straight sets victory over Marinko Matosevic.
Elsewhere, 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov overcame Lukas Lacko in four sets and seventh seed Tomas Berdych accounted for Jurgen Melzer.
World number three Rafael Nadal was bidding to join them in his night match against American qualifier Tim Smyczek on Rod Laver Arena.
Second seed Federer, chasing his fifth Australian Open title, problem-solved his way to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Bolelli and will play another Italian Andreas Seppi in the third round.
The 17-time Swiss Grand Slam champion, who developed a mystery swollen finger during the contest, lost the opening set after the only break on his serve, but he found a solution and swept through the next three sets. "It's always a good feeling fighting your way out of a match, winning the last three sets convincingly and actually playing really positive tennis," Federer said. AFP