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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Top Seeds Advance At Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Stefan Edberg celebrated his 29th birthday with a straight-sets victory Thursday that propelled him to a place in which he feels very much at home -- the third round of the Australian Open tennis championship.


Edberg, a two-time Australian Open champion, downed Romanian qualifier Adrian Voinea 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.


"I had to work very hard, because he's a young and upcoming guy," Edberg said. "He's another one who could be a very good player. They're young and hungry. I'm old and hungry."


Seeded trio Todd Martin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Thomas Muster also won second-round matches as the air temperatures rose above 33 degrees Celsius and players sweltered on court.


Edberg, the No. 6 seed, is aiming to maintain his record of having made at least the quarterfinals at every Australian Open since 1984. He won on the grass courts of Kooyong in 1985 and 1987 but has not triumphed since the event moved to the National Tennis Center seven years ago.


"Winning another Grand Slam is the goal for me," Edberg said. "It's still great to be out there.''


Edberg was cheered on by a large group of Swedish fans with painted faces who chanted songs in his praise and sang birthday greetings. He bowed appreciatively to them at the end.


American Martin, beaten by Pete Sampras in last year's final and seeded No. 8 this year, had no difficulty defeating Frenchman Jean-Philippe Fleurian 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.


Kafelnikov, the 10th seed from Russia and one of the newest stars of the sport, moved on with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark.


Muster, the No. 14 seed, defeated qualifier Thierry Guardiola of France 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.


Two other seeded players were eliminated. American Aaron Krickstein won a three-hour marathon 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 against No. 11 seed Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, and No. 16 Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands was surprised 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3 by South African Marcos Ondruska. Patrick McEnroe, first-round conqueror of Boris Becker, advanced to the round of 32 with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Britain's Jeremy Bates on an overflowing Court 6.


Other winners included German Hendrik Dreekmann -- who defeated Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and now faces Edberg, and Czech Petr Korda, who beat German Lars Burgsmuller 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.


Australian No. 1 Pat Rafter, the idol of the Melbourne fans, served 12 aces as he downed American Steve Campbell 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, and now plays Onruska.


Jana Novotna, the No. 3 seed in the women's singles, recovered from a shaky start to beat fellow Czech and longtime rival Helena Sukova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and fired 10 aces in the process. She now plays American Lisa Raymond, who ousted the last Australian, Kristin Godridge, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.


Kimiko Date of Japan, the No. 7 seed still troubled by a stomach injury, beat American Patty Fendick 6-4, 6-3.


Mary Joe Fernandez, a two-time finalist and the No. 11 seed, beat fellow American Linda Harvey-Wild 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 and now plays South African Amanda Coetzer, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 winner over Romania's Ruxandra Dragomir.


American Lori McNeil, the No. 15 seed, advanced with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win over Germany's Silke Meier.