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Australian Open 2017: Friday Results, Highlights, Scores Recap from Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  Andy Murray of Great Britain is congratulated by Sam Querrey of the United States after winning their third round match on day five of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2017

Andy Murray continued his march through the 2017 Australian Open on Friday as he dispatched Sam Querrey in straight sets.

Fellow No. 1-seed Angelique Kerber did the same against Kristyna Pliskova, while Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka and Garbine Muguruza also won their third-round matches in Melbourne.

Roger Federer thrashed Tomas Berdych in straight sets, while Dan Evans continued his impressive run by beating local favourite Bernard Tomic.

Here's a selection of the key results from Friday's action, and read on for a closer look at how some of the top matches played out:

Australian Open 2017: Selected Friday Results
Men's SinglesResults
(1) Andy Murray bt. (31) Sam Querrey6-4, 6-2, 6-4
(17) Roger Federer bt. (10) Tomas Berdych6-2, 6-4, 6-4
(5) Kei Nishikori bt. Lukas Lacko6-4, 6-4, 6-4
(4) Stan Wawrinka bt. Viktor Troicki3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7)
(12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt. (23) Jack Sock7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3
Dan Evans bt. (27) Bernard Tomic7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3)
Women's SinglesResults
(1) Angelique Kerber bt. Kristyna Pliskova6-0, 6-4
(7) Garbine Muguruza bt. (32) Anastasija Sevastova6-4, 6-2
(24) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt. (11) Elina Svitolina7-5, 4-6, 6-3
(8) Svetlana Kuznetsova bt. Jelena Jankovic6-4, 5-7, 9-7

For full Friday results, visit the Australian Open website.


Friday Review

After Novak Djokovic's shock exit at the hands of Denis Istomin on Thursday, Murray will have been eager to avoid a similar fate when he played Querrey, who has experience of causing upsets himself—he knocked the Djoker out of Wimbledon last year.

The Scot dealt with windy conditions in the Hisense Arena admirablyaccording to the ATP World Tour, he still managed to hit 40 winners over the course of the match.

Britain's Andy Murray hits a return against Sam Querrey of the US during their men's singles third round match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2017. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -
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Querrey made a strong start to the match and came close to breaking Murray midway through the opening set, but after surviving that, the world No. 1 came on strong, and there was little question of him surrendering his position.

Per the Guardian's Kevin Mitchell, he said: "It was obviously a tough match. Especially in the first set, key moment at 3-4 when I managed to break, and I had the momentum after that. I felt better and better as I went, little bit sore, but I was moving well at the end, which is a positive."

Wawrinka was the next highest seed involved in the men's draw on Friday, and after a brief scare at the hands of Viktor Troicki in which he lost the first set, he battled back to win in four without significant difficulty.

Evans needed only three to get past Tomic, but it required a monumental effort to get past the Australian, who fired off 20 aces, according to the Open's official website.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  Daniel Evans of Great Britain celebrates match point and winning his third round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia on day five of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2017 in Melbourne, Austr
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The pair shared five breaks of serve in the first set, with a pair of unforced errors from Tomic swinging it in Evans' favour to send him 6-5 up.

There was nothing to separate the pair in the second as Tomic fought back from 5-3 down to force a tiebreaker, but with some outstanding work at the net, Evans quickly came out on top—just as he did so after an equally tight third set.

For the first time in this year's tournament, defending champion Kerber was able to win in just two sets, and she did so with a confidence that appeared to have eluded her in her opening matches—she raced to a bagel in the first set in just 20 minutes and was wrapped up inside an hour.

Svetlana Kuznetsova had a more difficult time against former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in a hard-fought contest with breaks galore—15 to be exact—that took three hours and 36 minutes.

The Russian will face compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the fourth round after she upset 11th-seed Elina Svitolina in three sets.

After coming out on top in a hectic first set with Anastasija Sevastova, Muguruza produced a far more assured performance in the second to secure her place in the next round. She will face Sorana Cirstea next.  

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