Berdych ends Del Potro's Australian Open campaign

Tomas Berdych worked his way into the Australian Open's round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.

Tomas Berdych celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro at the Australian Open.   -  AFP

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 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Berdych, who has played in the semifinals 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."