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, Federer 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 earn an Open Era-record 57th career match win at the Australian Open.