Result: Roger Federer advances in tight affair

Roger Federer
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Roger Federer advances into round four of the Australian Open after a pulsating 7-6 7-5 6-3 victory over Ivo Karlovic.

Roger Federer advanced into round four of the Australian Open after a pulsating 7-6 7-5 6-3 victory over Ivo Karlovic.

Both players matched each other stride for stride in the opening set and it took a moment of magic from Federer, who produced a stunning return late in the tie-break, allowing him to serve to secure the opening set 7-6.

Karlovic continued to serve well in the second set but Federer's quality began to shine through as he secured his first break point of the match and with it, a two-set lead.

Federer missed the chance to break early in the third with Karlovic holding his serve well, but the former world number one proved too strong for the 32-year-old Croatian as Federer broke to go ahead 3-1.

He closed out the final set in style with a powerful serve to secure his passage into the next round.

Federer has won the Australian Open four times.

Roger Federer
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