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Federer continues his Australian Tour de France

Federer has made it into the third round in Melbourne for the second year in a row


Roger Federer is set to play his third French opponent in successive rounds at the Australian Open after adding the scalp of Nicolas Escudé to that of his first round victim Arnaud di Pasquale.

The Swiss men's number one downed Escudé in straight sets (6-1, 6-4, 6-4) and is now due to meet the number 15 seed, Arnaud Clément, in Saturday's third round.

World number one Martina Hingis needed just 40 minutes to make it into the third round of the women's draw, dropping just one game in her 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of Belgium's Els Callens.

Like Federer, Hingis now faces French opposition, though not of the same calibre as Clément. Virginie Razzano is currently placed 144th in the world rankings.

Marc Rosset was unable to join Hingis and Federer in the third round. The Genevan was no match for Spain's Carlos Moya, losing their second round encounter in straight sets (6-2, 6-1, 6-3).

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