6/5 - Roger Federer to beat Tomas Berdych 3-0

Seven years ago, Roger Federer needed five sets to make it through his quarter-final with Tomas Berdych in Melbourne.

Expect much smoother progress for the Swiss superstar this time around, though.

In typical fashion, Federer has glided through a difficult draw in this year’s Australian Open, dropping just one set to Grigor Dimitrov en route to the last eight.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was particularly impressive against David Goffin, rolling back the years with a 6-2 6-1 6-4 breeze against the No. 15 seed.

Federer and Berdych have faced each other of plenty of times during their careers, with Berdych winning a respectable six of 21 matches.

Recent history dictates that Federer should progress to the semi-finals relatively untroubled, however, having won the last four and dropped just one set from nine.

Berdych looked exhausted after his five-set marathon against Roberto Bautista Agut, and will not be looking forward to facing a rampant Feder looking to add to his four Aussie Open titles.

Evens - Novak Djokovic to beat Kei Nishikori 3-0

Novak Djokovic’s five-set epic against Gilles Simon will have acted as a useful wake-up call, so expect the Serb to be back to his clinical best against Kei Nishikori.

Current older of three of the four Grand Slams, Djokovic’s imperious 2015 campaign saw him record what was statistically the best-ever set-winning percentage.

Djokovic’s relentless ability to win in straight sets was brutally illustrated in his last meeting with Nishikori, when he dropped just two games to the world No. 7 in London.

Despite impressing against Jo Wilfried Tsonga, there are still doubts surrounding Nishikori’s form and fitness after finishing last season out of sorts and beginning 2016 with a disappointing loss to Bernard Tomic.

Any more slip-ups are likely to be heavily punished by the world No. 1.

A £10 bet on the double returns £44*.

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