Djokovic into 4th round at Aust Open

Novak Djokovic has extended his remarkable run of success against Italian opposition to a 12th straight year with a straight-sets victory over Andreas Seppi in the third round of the Australian Open.

The world No.1 won 6-1 7-5 7-6 (8-6) to move through to a fourth-round encounter against 14th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon, who smashed Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 6-1 earlier on Friday.

Djokovic has won 33 successive matches against Italians, with his only Tour-level defeat against a player from Italy coming against Filippo Volandri way back in 2004.

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