I managed to watch some of the tennis. Del Potro / Chardy was riveting stuff. JC timing the ball superbly, dealing with the D-P forehand cooly & often with his beautiful single handed backhand. D-P finding a reason to stay on court & taking the next two sets. But it was JCís day, and he finished it off in style.
Federer looked in superb form, notwithstanding the poor break point conversion rate. Some classic tennis from him, especially under pressure from Tomicís gutsy & incisive play. I donít care about the hype & the youngsterís penchant for idiotic comments. He can play excellent tennis, is growing in self belief & dispatched his end of the bargain with considerable aplomb in the first 2 sets. That said, it must be acknowledged that Federer should have converted some of numerous break points in the 2nd set & avoided the TB, which he won by the finest of margins.
I like Berankisís game & he played a good match against Murray. Murray looked unsettled at times, despite never being under threat, for some reason, but another excellent win as he remains on course for the business end of the event.
Gasquet looked as though he wanted to be elsewhere in the first set & seemed incapable of picking up a rhythm against Dodig. Redeeming himself in the second set, he gained momentum as the match went on. Good for him to get through.
As for Simon, apparently he could hardly walk back after the match. Quite what he expects to put up against Murray is unclear, but I expect it to be another 3 sets win for Murray, if indeed Simon plays at all. Raonic on the other hand, will be a handful for Federer and Iím picking that match as the one to watch. I find Seppi uninspiring & whilst he deserves congratulations for the win, I was sorry that Cilic couldnít get past him. Tsonga was the expected winner in his match, and good for him to live up to the expectation.SATURDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2013
Singles Ė Third Round
 R Federer (SUI) d. B Tomic (AUS) 64 76(5) 61
 A Murray (GBR) d. [Q] R Berankis (LTU) 63 64 75
J Chardy (FRA) d.  J Del Potro (ARG) 63 63 67(3) 36 63
 J Tsonga (FRA) d. B Kavcic (SLO) 62 61 6,4
 R Gasquet (FRA) d. I Dodig (CRO) 46 63 76(2) 60
 A Seppi (ITA) d.  M Cilic (CRO) 67(2) 63 26 64 62
 M Raonic (CAN) d.  P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(4) 63 64
 G Simon (FRA) d. G Monfils (FRA) 64 64 46 16 86
. Schedule of play for day 7 the 20th January:http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/index.html
All 4 matches could be intriguing depending Ė as ever Ė on how they play. Other than Djokovic, I canít decide whoíll prevail. If Wawrinka turns up with a modicum of self belief, he could win a set, but I am expecting Djokovic to win it in straight sets.
Whilst Iím expecting Ferrer to beat Nishikori, it may go to the wire if KN is focused & committed enough. On the basis of sheer persistence, I think DF will win it.
The Almagro / Tipsarevic match could be a well contested one, and if JT is not too tired after his string of 5 setters, ought to be an entertaining match.
Anderson / Berdych ought to be a straight sets win for TB, but Iím not sure about him at the moment. If KA plays well, it could be a long match.