ROBREDO BATTERED BY FISH
Tommy Robredo, the 11th seed, crashed out of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
The Spanish baseliner was well beaten by Mardy Fish, the American posting a 6-1 6-2 6-3 victory on the Vodafone Arena at Melbourne Park.
Fish, a quarter-finalist last year, simply hit Robredo off the court, producing 39 winners to his opponent's eight.
Robredo looked to be feeling the effects of a five-set epic in the first round and was never at the races.
With seven breaks of the Robredo serve, Fish surged to victory in just 95 minutes and afterwards declared: "That was certainly one of the best matches I've ever played."
It was sweet revenge for Fish, who had lost to Robredo at last year's US Open having led him 4-1 in the final set.
Fish now plays 24th seed Jarkko Nieminen for a place in the last 16.
There was also an early exit for 26th seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who withdrew when two sets to one down against Frenchman Marc Gicquel.