Playing only his third tour match since coming back from a
knee injury, Federer was expected to be tested by the
hard-hitting Czech but he sent the 10th seed packing after a
90-minute masterclass at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena.
The 35-year-old Swiss, seeded 17th, had shown rust in his
earlier matches but was in spell-binding touch with 40 winners,
wrapping up the match with an imperious crosscourt backhand.
Federer will meet fifth seed Kei Nishikori for a place in the
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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