Australian Open: Tomas Berdych rallies past Del Potro to reach last 16

Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych celebrates beating Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in their men's singles third round match. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 20, 2018, 10.35 AM (IST)

Tomas Berdych d Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

Veteran Tomas Berdych reached the round of 16 for the 10th time at the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday.

The 32-year Czech eliminated the 12th-seeded Argentine 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in 2hr 16min on Hisense Arena.

Berdych, who has played in the semi-finals twice in Melbourne, will face Italian journeyman Fabio Fognini in their first Grand Slam match in Monday's fourth round.

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Berdych served up 20 aces, broke serve seven times and hit 52 winners with 28 unforced errors.

"I think I was well prepared and I stuck with my plan and I'm glad as I can stand here as a winner today," Berdych said on court.

"Juan Martin is a great competitor and I'm glad he is back after all the injuries that he's had. Tennis was missing him and it's great that he's back."

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