Roger Federer expects an entertaining clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas inside the Australian Open fourth spherical.
Federer cruised into the ultimate 16 in Melbourne with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz at Rod Laver Arena on Friday.
The 20-time grand slam champion faces one different up-and-coming experience in his subsequent match in Tsitsipas, who pushed Federer to 2 tie-breaks on the Hopman Cup.
Federer, 37, talked about he thought his meeting with the 20-year-old Greek will be “a good one”.
“I’m happy I played against him at the Hopman Cup. I think he played really well there. I actually did too. I thought it was really high-quality tennis,” he instructed a info conference.
“This is clearly a definite form of match, it being biggest of 5, it being a fourth spherical of a slam, the place everyone knows now how we actually really feel on this court docket docket.
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“I really feel he wanted to work terribly onerous in direction of (Nikoloz) Basilashvili as soon as extra instantly, on account of he hits onerous and I observed him sooner than I went out really defending successfully and fairly a bit.
“I’m utterly comfortable for him. He’s having fun with so successfully, and I’m making an attempt forward to the matchup with him. I really feel it is going to be a wonderful one.
“I like how he mixes up his sport and additionally involves the online — so will I. I feel we’ll see some athletic attacking tennis being performed.”
Tsitsipas is into the fourth spherical of a severe for the second time in his career, having made the ultimate 16 at Wimbledon remaining yr.