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  Saturday, 19 January, 2002, 08:08 GMT
Federer and Safin march on
Marat Safin at the Australian Open
Safin could face Pete Sampras in the next round
Click here for Saturday's men's singles results from Melbourne

Marat Safin and Roger Federer both made safe passage into the fourth round on day six of the Australian Open.

Ninth seed Safin eased past Russian compatriot Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4 6-4 to set up a last 16 clash with Pete Sampras, whom he beat in the final of the 2000 US Open.

Federer, seeded 11, beat Germany's Rainer Schuettler, also in straight sets, while Sampras beat Nicolas Escude in a five setter.

On the hottest day of the championships so far, Federer needed tie-breaks to win the first two sets.

Marcelo Rios in action in the third round of the 2002 Australian Open
Rios won in straight sets

He then had to recover from a 3-0 deficit in the third but came back to take it 6-4 to book his place in the fourth round.

Federer will meet Tommy Haas after the German bested Todd Martin in a marathon five-set battle.

Haas, who reached the last four in Melbourne in 1999, triumphed with a 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory which came after three hours and 40 minutes of action.

Former world number one Marcelo Rios was a 6-4 6-3 7-6 winner over Alberto Martin, who put out top seed Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.

Rios, runner-up in Melbourne in 1998, had to save three set points in the third set but then clinched the match in the tiebreak.

He will now play Ecuadorean Nicolas Lapentti, who came back from two sets down to beat another South American Gaston Gaudio.

Argentine Gaudio took the first two sets 6-4 7-5 and seemed destined for a place in the fourth round.

But Lapentti, the 23rd seed, battled back to take that set 6-4 and then took the next two 6-2 6-4 to complete victory after four hours and 11 minutes on court.

Spanish veteran Albert Costa also claimed a place in the last 16.

He beat 25th seed Andre Pavel from Romania, and will meet Wayne Ferreira.

The South African rallied back from two sets down to defeat Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 7-5.


Men's third round results (day six)

(8) P Sampras (US) bt (30) N Escude (Fra) 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 6-4 6-7 (8/6) 6-3
(11) R Federer (Swi) bt R Schuettler (Ger) 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4
M Rios (Chi) bt A Martin (Spa) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7/3)
(23) N Lapentti (Ecu) bt G Gaudio (Arg) 4-6 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-4
(9) M Safin (Rus) bt M Youzhny (Rus) 6-4 6-4 6-4
T Haas (Ger) bt T Martin (USA) 6-7 (8/6) 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-1
A Costa (Spa) bt (25) A Pavel (Rom) 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 6-4
Wayne Ferreira (SA) bt Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 7-5

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Roger Federer
"I was pleased with the way it went"
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"I think it was one of my greatest comebacks"
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