MELBOURNE: A dominant Roger Federer set up an Australian Open third-round clash with Marat Safin Wednesday as top seed Jelena Jankovic and defending champion Novak Djokovic showed glimpses of their best form.
The tennis big guns were joined in the next round by Serb glamour girl Ana Ivanovic and Russian third seed Dinara Safina, but 10th seed David Nalbandian was a high-profile casualty, crashing to unheralded Taiwanese Lu-Yen-Hsun.
Swiss great Federer, who is seeking a record-equalling 14th Grand Slam title here, let loose with some instinctive shot-making as he beat Russian qualifier Evgeny Korolev 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.
The Swiss has beaten Safin nine times but lost out in a classic semi-final here in 2005, when the Russian claimed the title.
Safin booked his date with destiny by downing Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
The top-seeded Jankovic battled past Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 7-5 as she upped the ante in her quest for a maiden Grand Slam.
Djokovic dismissed Jeremy Chardy of France 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 in impressive style and appears to be hitting form after a slow start to the season and occasional lapses in his opening match here against Italian qualifier Andrea Stoppini.
Third seed Safina recovered from a slow start to dominate fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-0 while fifth seed Ivanovic overcame early nerves to crush Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-3, 6-2.
Safina has lost only once this year, to compatriot Elena Dementieva in the final of the Sydney International, and is one of the favourites after a breakthrough 2008.
Next up for Safina is Estonian 25th seed Kaia Kanepi.
Ivanovic made the final here last year where she lost to Maria Sharapova, but her late-season form in 2008 left plenty to be desired.
The 21-year-old though seems to be getting into her groove in Melbourne, where she feels at home with family and friends living here. It helped her produce a convincing display against Brianti.
Andy Roddick continued his tilt at the title with a four-set victory over Belgium's Xavier Malisse while Argentinean hotshot Juan Del Potro also won.
Australian wildcard Jelena Dokic, a former world number four, extended her emotional Grand Slam comeback by beating Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.