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By Chris Oddo | Sunday January 21, 2018


Roger Federer became the oldest male quarterfinalist at the Australian Open in 41 years with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics on Day 8, booking a quarterfinal clash with Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

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Federer has yet to drop a set in Melbourne, and he stretched his Aussie Open winning streak to 11 matches as he reached his record 14th quarterfinal at Melbourne and improved his winning record to 91-13.

The Swiss did not face a break point but had to squeak by the World No.80 in a tight middle set that saw the 25-year-old win all 18 of his first-serve points and save all three break points he faced to get to a tiebreaker.

But it was Federer who took the second-set tiebreaker to improve his career tiebreaker record to 418-224 before cruising through the third set to claim his victory in 2:01.


Federer finished with 34 winners to 23 for Fucsovics, and converted three of 10 break points.

The 36-year-old moves on to face familiar foe Berdych in the quarterfinals. Berdych eased past Italy’s Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Federer owns a 19-6 lifetime record against the Czech and he has knocked him out of the Australian Open in straight sets in each of the last two years. Federer currently owns an 8-match winning streak of Berdych and has not lost to him since 2013.

 

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