Serena, Djokovic soar into Australian Open fourth round

Australian Open Tennis Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Daria Kasatkina of Russia during their third round match in Melbourne | AP

Novak Djokovic underlined his supremacy in men's tennis on Friday as he marched unstoppably into the Australian Open fourth round—along with Serena Williams, who raced through in just 44 minutes.

As Roger Federer reached a landmark 300th Grand Slam win, Djokovic still looked like the man to beat as he weathered a strong challenge from Andreas Seppi to reach the first weekend without dropping a set.

The top seed and defending champion saved two third-set points against Seppi before reeling off the next four points to clinch it 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), his 33rd straight victory over Italian opposition.

It was a moment that once again demonstrated the mental strength of the Serbian 10-time Grand Slam winner -- against an awkward opponent who beat Federer at the same stage last year.

Federer earlier went through 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 against Grigor "Baby Fed" Dimitrov, a man whose game is so similar to his own that he admitted it was like playing a mirror.

It wasn't all plain-sailing for Federer, but with the win he became the first man to reach 300 Grand Slam victories and lies six away from Martina Navratilova's record of 306.

"It's very exciting, I must tell you," said the Swiss, who also became the oldest man to reach the round of 16 since Andre Agassi in 2005.

"Not something I ever aimed for or looked for, but when it happens, it's very special."

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