Roger Federer kicks off the night session on Day 7, taking on one of the game’s most highly touted youngsters in Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek, a former Boys No.1, had an impressive 2018 and currently stands as the youngest player in the top 20. Meanwhile, Federer seeks to extend a lengthy winning streak in Melbourne on his way to a potential threepeat. Check out the Federer vs Tsitsipas H2H matches.
Federer was once again a winner in straight sets, being barely troubled by Taylor Fritz in the 6-2 7-5 6-2 victory. He was utterly dominant on serve, hitting 10 aces while winning 93% of first serve. It’s the kind of figures you’ve come to expect from him in the early rounds, which is why his relative struggles against Dan Evans came as a surprise.
Tsitsipas has had tough out three straight four sets to get this far with Nikoloz Basilashvili his toughest opponent of the three. It could have been a different outcome had the Georgian took set point in the third set tiebreak of his 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4 but Tsitsipas held his nerve to move into round four. The Greek has already managed to take several top 10 scalps in his young career, most notably doing so at the Canada Masters last year.
“I think he had to work extremely hard against Basilashvili again today, because he hits hard and I saw him before I went out really defending well and a lot.” Federer said on Tsitsipas, who he has yet to play before. “He’s playing so well, and I’m looking forward to the matchup with him. I think it’s going to be a good one. I like how he mixes up his game and also comes to the net. So will I. I think we will see some athletic attacking tennis being played.”
Prediction – Roger Federer in four sets