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Federer breezes past Phau

Roger Federer had little trouble in booking his place in the third round of the Estoril Open yesterday.

The top seed beat Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-3 6-4 in 83 minutes.

A single break in each set was enough for the Swiss player to progress, although he wasted seven further break chances.

Fourth seed Albert Montanes of Spain crushed countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1 6-2 in 56 minutes in their second-round meeting.

Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, seeded eighth, was given a rather sterner test by Marcel Granollers before progressing 7-6 (10/8) 7-6 (7/2).

In yesterday’s other match, France's Arnaud Clement was a 6-4 6-3 winner over Alejandro Falla of Colombia.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams continued her return to action by advancing to the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters with a three-set victory over Andrea Petkovic.

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The world number one is playing her first tournament since winning the Australian Open in January, having missed the last three months with a knee injury.

Williams had made hard work of her first round win over Timea Bacsinszky but she looked more like her old self in taking the first set 6-2 against her German opponent.

But a string of unforced errors from the American allowed Petkovic to get back into the match as she took the second set 6-3 to force a decider, only for Williams to keep her composure and cruise to a 6-0 win in the third set.

Her sister Venus, the fourth seed, also booked her place in the last eight as she claimed a hard-fought 6-3 6-4 victory over Shahar Peer to leave the siblings on course to meet in the last four.

Jelena Jankovic was another seed to progress as she eased past Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-0 with 14th seed Nadia Petrova defeating Alexandra Dulgheru 6-0 3-6 6-2.

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