MELBOURNE (AFP) - Bernard Tomic claims he is ready to topple four-time champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
The brash 20-year-old Australian secured a 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) win over German qualifier Daniel Brands in 2hr 55min to reach the third round and continue his unbeaten start to the year after claiming his first tour title at the Sydney International.
Said Tomic, who had stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the recent Hopman Cup in Perth: "I'm ready. I'm not going to say I don't have the belief. I do have the belief now. It's possible. I showed that in Perth, that you can beat these players. Now I'm going to try to beat him (Federer)."
Meanwhile, Federer, the Swiss world No. 2, again mastered old rival Nikolay Davydenko in three sets to confirm his match-up with Tomic in the last 32 on Saturday.
The record 17-time Grand Slam tennis champion had few problems with the 40th-ranked Russian, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 1hr 59min on Rod Laver Arena.
British third seed and reigning US Open champion Andy Murray was impressive in conceding just eight games as he put away 100th-ranked Portuguese Joao Sousa, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 41min on Hisense Arena.
Murray, twice a runner-up at the Australian Open, will have his hitting partner, Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis, as his next opponent in the last 32.