36-year-old tennis ace, Roger Federer defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary at Australia Open match on Monday to become the oldest person to reach the quarter finals of the grand slam Australia Open since 1977.
Roger Federer shone through an early challenge at Australia Open 2018 against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics with 6-4 7-6 6-2 in the fourth round at the Rod Laver Arena and has advanced to quarter-finals of the tournament. 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 skilful and confident performance to keep second seed Federer on his toes for two sets. However, the second seeded Swiss champion was too tough for the 80th-ranked Fucsovics to win and it took Federer two hours to claim his victory.
With this victory, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the last eight since Ken Rosewall who was 43 then in 1977. On Monday, the Swiss tennis star wasn’t at his dazzling best on a sun-bathed Rod Laver Arena but claimed a win to set up a quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic who defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy in the previous match. The 19-time Grand Slam champion, who has yet to drop a set in this year’s event will have mental advantage in the match against Berdych as the Swiss ace has won 19 out of 25 career matches against Berdych, including three encounters in 2017. This will also be Federer’s 52nd grand slam quarter-final, which is also the most in the post-1968 Open Era.
Federer, the second best in tennis world on global platform has already entered his late thirties and yet, he has been on a spree of winning grand slams and tournaments. The Swiss ace is aging like wine, only to get better each day and next match against Berdych seems to be an easy-take for Federer. With former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic out after a shocking defeat against Korean player Hyeon Chung, it is all getting easy for Federer.