Roger Federer handed out a masterclass to Australian Open Quarters


MELBOURNE: Roger Federer handed out a masterclass to Australian teen Bernard Tomic as he reached the quarter-finals on a day of tears and drama at the Australian Open Sunday.

While Federer was at his mesmerising best and Rafael Nadal also went through, China's Li Na left in floods of tears after she fell victim to an astonishing comeback by hobbling women's champion Kim Clijsters.

And ear-splitting boos greeted Tomas Berdych's win over Nicolas Almagro as the Czech player refused to shake hands at the end of their stormy match.

Nineteen-year-old Tomic, the great hope of Australian tennis, could only shake his head in disbelief as Federer dug into his bag of tricks and unleashed his full repertoire, highlighted by a balletic leaping backhand smash.

Nadal, seeking his 11th major victory and his second Open crown, beat fellow Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

The powerful second seed kept Lopez at bay with serving accuracy of 80 percent and he piled on the pressure with nearly error-free tennis to stay unbeaten on hardcourts against his Davis Cup team-mate.

Nadal will play Berdych in the quarter-finals while Federer has a testing match-up with Juan Martin del Potro, his conqueror in the 2009 US Open final, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

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