Tennis-Federer to face Berdych early for first time in nine years
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 The last time Roger Federer met Tomas Berdych before the fourth round of a tournament, the Czech was 22 years old and the pair were at the Beijing Olympics.
PARIS May 31 Serena Williams breezed past Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2 in the French Open third round on Friday, extending her winning streak to 27 matches and laying down a marker of her title potential.
It took eight games and 33 minutes before her 26th-seeded Romanian opponent made a mark on the scoreboard, a feat that was greeted with sympathetic cheers from the Parisian crowd.
The world number one broke three times in the opening set and although she found the going tougher in the second, losing two early games and facing break points, she had too much power for Cirstea.
Williams, who won her only Roland Garros title in 2002, will play Czech Petra Cetkovska or Italy's Roberta Vinci in the next round. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond)
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MELBOURNE, Jan 19 Novak Djokovic's bid for a record seventh Australian Open title came to a stunning end on Thursday when the Serbian packed his bags and headed home in the wake of a second-round upset at the hands of world number 117 Denis Istomin.