23 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 27, 1435

Australian Open: Day 4

Roger Federer and Serena Williams showed there was plenty of life left in their relatively old legs by easing into the third round of the Australian Open on a day when sweltering heat tested the stamina of thirty something and teenager alike.

Sunscreen and icepacks were the order of the day on Thursday as temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius in the late afternoon but 31-year-old Federer was coolness personified in the early evening as he dismissed Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Third seed Williams, also 31, kept her time on court to a minimum as she swept aside Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-0 before Andy Murray, her counterpart in the men's draw, clinically despatched Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-4.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates defeating Sam Querrey of the US during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates defeating Sam Querrey of the US during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Austria's Jurgen Meltzer during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne. ? Photo by AP
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Austria's Jurgen Meltzer during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne. ? Photo by AP
Venus Williams of the US makes a forehand return to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday. ? Photo by AP
Venus Williams of the US makes a forehand return to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday. ? Photo by AP
Spain's Fernando Verdasco gestures during his men's singles match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson on the fifth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2013. ? Photo by AFP
Spain's Fernando Verdasco gestures during his men's singles match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson on the fifth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2013. ? Photo by AFP
Japan's Kei Nishikori hits a return to Russia's Evgeny Donskoy during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. ? Photo by AP
Japan's Kei Nishikori hits a return to Russia's Evgeny Donskoy during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. ? Photo by AP
Sam Querrey of the US hits a return to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Sam Querrey of the US hits a return to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Jurgen Melzer of Austria serves to Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Jurgen Melzer of Austria serves to Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Venus Williams of the US in their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Venus Williams of the US in their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Venus Williams of the US touches her nose during her women's singles match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters
Venus Williams of the US touches her nose during her women's singles match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. ? Photo by Reuters

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