Federer cruises into last 16
Roger Federer has moved safely into the last 16 of the Australian Open after a straight sets demolition of Albert Montanes.
The world number one broke his opponent once in each set and did not face a break point during the entire contest, winning 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Despite the apparent ease of victory, the Swiss ace was full of praise for his Spanish opponent, who raised his game against the 15-time Grand Slam winner.
"He (Montanes) didn't make many mistakes, I expected him to miss a bit more," he said. "I needed to make sure I served well because if I had a hiccup on serve it could have been an even closer game."
Federer now faces Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who moved into the last 16 after Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis was forced to retire because of a shoulder injury, and the number one seed revealed he is tip-top condition heading into the business end of the tournament.
"I feel good, I feel confident," he added. "Physically I'm fine and fresh and that's how you want to feel going into the second week."
Elsewhere, third seed Novak Djokovic thrashed Denis Istomin 6-1 6-1 6-2 while sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko eased past Juan Monaco 6-0 6-3 6-4.