Ash Barty wins the first set
The Australian beat her American opponent Alison Riske 6-3. Good contest though.
Fucsovics on Federer
“It’s not going to be easy against Roger, but I am playing the best tennis of my career,” said Fucsovics, after beating Tommy Paul 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in the third round on Friday. “I feel like I’m getting older, more mature and experienced, but I’m still working hard. Since I changed my coaches two months ago, we’ve been working on my serve day-by-day.
“I was a newcomer two years ago [when he lost to Federer at this stage of the Australian Open], it was my first year in the Top 100. I was very hungry and positive. Two years ago, against Roger, it was a sensation to reach the fourth round and play my idol. We played in the 2019 Dubai quarter-finals and I was close to the winning the first set. I now have more experience, I’m stronger than two years ago, and I really want to beat him.”
These two have previous
Fucsovics and Federer have played only twice before, the first of those meetings coming at the 2018 Australian Open, also in the fourth round. Federer dispatched the Hungarian on that occasion, winning 6-4, 7-6, 6-2.
He said afterwards (in that unavoidably patronising way): "I thought he played very well. Fast conditions, you have to have quick ideas and execute well and I think he did that very well. I had a hard time breaking through until two sets to love and a break. Credit to him for playing a great tournament, that's what I told him at the net."
The second time they met was in Dubai last year, when Federer came through in two sets.
....depends on how long the match extends between Alison Riske and Ash Barty, the world No 1 (pictured below) on the Rod Laver Arena. Three breaks of serve in the first set so far.
It was all going so well for Roger Federer, who swept aside Filip Krajinovic in the first round (6-1, 6-4, 6-1), then danced past Steve Johnson in the second (6-3, 6-2, 6-2) only to get embroiled in an absolute monster match against John Millman in round three. Having been four points down, and two points from defeat, in the final-set tie-break, somehow Federer reeled off six points on the trot to win one of the great tie-breaks of his career.
Simon Briggs watched it all unfold, calling it "one of the great feats of escapology". A mere 40-odd hours later, the world No 3 is back to face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, the unseeded Hungarian who dumped out Denis Shapovalov, the world No 13, in the first round.