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Another record is in sight for one of the best tennis players the world has ever seen.
Roger Federer’s second-round win over former world No. 6 Gilles Simon means he has equalled Sweden's Stefan Edberg’s record for the most Open Era wins at the Australian Open.
Federer has a 56-7 win-loss record going into his third-round match; Edberg ended his career with a 56-10 win-loss record at Melbourne Park. If Federer wins today, he will move ahead of the Swedish champion and hold the top spot independently.
Winning such an epic match against the Frenchman on Wednesday will boost Federer's confidence. Maybe this match will turn out to be the turning point of the tournament if the man from Switzerland goes on to win the Australian Open.
On the other side of the net, Xavier Malisse is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the first time in his career.
This is the Belgium's 10th straight Australian Open. He has reached the third round here for the first time since 2003 to equal his best result at Melbourne Park.
The 30-year old veteran is a very talented player. He could have been a world No. 1 player if he had better luck with his career.
Malisse’s best Grand Slam performance is a semifinal finish at 2002 Wimbledon.
The Kortrijk native will have to play the match of his life if he wants to improve his record against the world No. 2. The two players have met eight times in the past, with Federer winning seven of their meetings.