Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils advanced to the third round in 4 sets.
The task was much more difficult for Roger Federer who needed 5 sets to defeat former top 10 player Gilles Simon. The world No.2 next faces Belgian Xavier Malisse in the third round.
It was also a tough day for Venus Williams and Francesca Schiavone, who battle 3 sets to win over -respectively- Sandra Zahlavova and Rebecca Marino.
Venus apparently suffered a muscle injury near her groin but with the Williams, you never know…

Day 3 results

Seeds upsets: Marion Bartoli (15), Kaia Kanepi (20), Yanina Wickmayer (21), Mardy Fish (16), Albert Montanes (25), Juan Monaco (26)

Stat of the day: 9
2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is through to the third round of the Australian Open for the 9th consecutive year. He will face Robin Haase.

Match of the day: Fernando Verdasco defeats Janko Tipsarevic
Verdasco came back from two sets to love, saved 4 match points and finally prevailed 2-6 4-6 6-4 7-6 (0) 6-0.

Matches to follow on day 4:
Don’t miss tomorrow the match between Juan Martin Del Potro and Marcos Baghdatis: it should be highly spectacular and entertaining!
Nadia Petrova(RUS)[13] vs. Alicia Molik(AUS)
Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG) vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)[21]
Bernard Tomic(AUS) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[31]
John Isner(USA)[20] vs. Radek Stepanek(CZE)[9]

2-time Australian Open champion Stefan Edberg turns 45 today, so happy birthday Stefan!

Site: O2 London
Dates: Sunday, November 21 – Sunday, November 28
Surface: Hard
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Singles:

Group A: Rafael Nadal (1), Novak Djokovic (3), Tomas Berdych (6), David Ferrer (7)
Group B: Roger Federer (2), Robin Soderling (4), Andy Murray (5), Andy Roddick (8)

Doubles:

Group A: Bob and Mike Bryan, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, and Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.
Group B: Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi, and Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

You can watch the tournament online on tennistv.com.

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In this Tennis Buzz #3, a look at Soderling and Rafter‘s wins in Bercy and Sydney.

It’s a well deserved victory for Soderling, who defeated Simon, Wawrinka, Roddick, Llodra and Monfils to capture his first Masters 1000 title.

“I don’t have a very good record in finals, and especially here in Paris, but I think a final is that one match you really want to win. I’m really happy that I played well today, and now I’m here winning the title. When I won that last point, I just felt so happy and I felt so relieved. I really wanted to win this match so much.”

Following his win, he reached a career high number 4 ranking.

Robin Soderling

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Robin Soderling won his first Masters 1000 title by beating Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (1) in the Paris Bercy Masters.
Soderling became the first Swede to win a Masters since Thomas Enqvist at Cincinnati in 2000.

Some photos and videos of his quarterfinal win over Andy Roddick.

Robin Soderling

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Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

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