Swiss maestro Roger Federer went a step further in his bid to defend his Australian Open crown with victory over Hungarian, Marton Fucsovics in Monday’s Last 16 encounter in Melbourne.
The 36-year-old Swiss was in superb form on Rod Laver Arena, playing in the day session for the first time in 2018, as he made quick work of Fucsovics to win 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and one minute, and setting up what will be a tricky quarter-final tie against an in-form Tomas Berdych.
Hungary’s Fucsovics had never won a main draw grand slam match before arriving in Melbourne but after winning three rounds the 25-year-old produced a skillful and confident performance to keep the 19-time Grand Slam champion on his toes for two sets.
There were no real alarms for the Swiss though and he raced away to victory in the third set.
“I thought he played very well, it’s fast conditions so you have to have quick ideas and execute well and he did that very well,” Federer said on court after his first day match of the tournament so far.
“It was only when I had two sets and a break I felt like I had the wind behind my back.”
.Federer, who’s yet to drop a single set in the tournament so far, is now the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall in 1977.