Roger Federer will finally play his first day session of the tournament in round four when he takes on the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian, ranked 80th, is one of a few surprise names to make it to the last 16 and is the only unseeded player left in his quarter.
It was his earlier win over Sam Querrey that drew attention to the Hungarian, beating the American in 4 sets. Either side of that were unsurprising wins over Nicolas Kicker and Radu Albot. While neither man is that far from him in the rankings, the Australian Open surface is probably not their preferred choice – especially for Kicker who thrives on clay. It showed as the Argentinian could only get one break point opportunity in the 6-3 6-3 6-2 win for Fucsovics.
Things will obviously get much tougher for him in round four with Federer looking in top form during the first week of the tournament. He made it 9 straight sets this tournament with a win over Richard Gasquet, 6-2 7-5 6-4. The Frenchman was never really in it, only mustering a bit of fight down 4-1 in the third set to square it back up at 4 games a piece. Federer broke once more to end the match just after the 2 hour mark. “It was tough. The score shows it, as well. I could have done it maybe a bit faster. At the same time I’m happy to have done it the way it happened. I was pleased. I think I had some good shots. Totally different conditions today.” he said afterwards.
There’s very little expectation that Fucsovics can trouble Federer, who will probably be looking ahead to the quarter finals. An inspired Tomas Berdych is favoured to be his opponent there but he must beat Fabio Fognini first.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets