Roger Federer
Roger Federer is the first man to reach 300 victories in grand slam competition Getty

Roger Federer is through to round four of the 2016 Australian Open after beating Grigor Dimitrov on Friday 22 January. The 17-time major winner, who is looking for a fifth title in Melbourne, dropped the second set at Rod Laver Arena but recovered to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to collect the 300th grand slam victory of his illustrious singles career.

After becoming the first man in tennis history to achieve that feat, he said: "It's very exciting, I must tell you. Like when I reached 1,000 [ATP Tour wins] last year, it was a big deal for me. Not something I ever aimed for or looked for, but when it happens, it's very special. Yeah, you look deeper into it, I guess, where it's all happened and how. Yeah, so it's very nice. I'm very happy.

"That was my goal, to react quickly after the second set because I struggled a little bit, but then found my way back, then was able to take charge of the match. It was important. Conditions, again, were very different indoors than they were against [Alexandr] Dolgopolov in the second round. Even night session plays different. Just got to manage these conditions a bit. You know, I'm pleased. Wasn't easy. I didn't expect it to be against Grigor. It was a tough round, so I'm happy."

Elsewhere on a rain-affected day five, defending women's champion Serena Williams required just 44 minutes to take her formidable Australian Open record to 71-9 with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of 18-year-old Daria Kasatkina. Novak Djokovic needed a third-set tiebreak to defeat Andreas Seppi, while Maria Sharapova was given a stern test by unseeded American Lauren Davis before coming through 6-1, 6-7, 6-0 in a match that lasted over two hours.

World number seven Kei Nishikori beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had little trouble in seeing off compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. There were also third-round wins for David Goffin, Gilles Simon, Agnieszka Radwanska, Belinda Bencic and Anna-Lena Friedsam.

In the late match, Nick Kyrgios exited his home tournament with an entertaining defeat to Tomas Berdych. The controversial right-hander made his displeasure regarding the officiating known as he was beaten in four sets 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.