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Berankis Upsets Florian Mayer; Kohlschreiber Advances

Melbourne, Australia

Berankis© Getty ImagesLithuania's Ricardas Berankis upset 25th seed Florian Mayer to reach the third round of a major for the second time in his career

Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga maintained his unbeaten record against Japan's Go Soeda with a 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3 second round victory on Thursday in Melbourne, but wants to improve his attitude.

The Frenchman served 17 aces to his opponent's five and won 83 percent of points on his first serve to reach the third round at the Australian Open for the sixth consecutive year, but wasn't happy with the way he played.

"I'm happy to go through, but I didn't have the right attitude [in] this match," Tsonga said, adding that he would aim to be more aggressive in the next round against Blaz Kavcic.

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Lithuanian 22-year-old Ricardas Berankis continued his winning streak, taking just one hour and 17 minutes to dismantle 25th seed Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

The World No. 110 defended all three break points in his fifth consecutive win at Melbourne Park following three qualifying round victories and a first round defeat of Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky.

He has reached the third round at a major just once before, at the 2011 Australian Open, where he fell to David Ferrer in straight sets. 

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Mayer's countryman, 17th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, advanced to the final 32 with a 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Israeli qualifier Amir Weintraub. The German served 12 aces and won 91 per cent of points on his first serve.

He next faces a first-time meeting with 13th seed Milos Raonic who posted a 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-3 win over Lukas Rosol in one hour and 48 minutes. The Canadian served 18 aces and won 87 per cent of his first serve points.

In a longer match, 21st seed Andreas Seppi battled Denis Istomin for four hours and seven minutes, eventually prevailing 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-2. He will next face No. 12 seed Marin Cilic.

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