He had only won two matches at the ATP Tour level – and never played in a Grand Slam.
In June 2001, Wimbledon instigated the change to 32, having been spooked the previous year when a number of players, angry at being bumped from the seedings in favour of grass-court specialists, boycotted the championships. “Whenever he was in trouble, he came up with some unbelievable shots, passing shots”. There’s nothing you can put past Federer, as he knows how to counter everything and has dropped just nine matches on the main draw on outdoor hard court since the 2015 season. Putting up a ideal combination of baseline and net play, Federer beat Berdych 7-1 in the tiebreak to take the first set.
In the quarterfinals, Keys will play the victor of the later fourth-round match between 2016 Australian champion Angelique Kerber and Hsieh Su-wei. I have to accept it.
Roger Federer got cranky at the chair umpire for a technology flaw in his Australian Open quarterfinal match, using the rare emotional outburst as motivation. It will be his 52nd career quarter at a major.
Roger Federer may be getting older at 36 but he continues to defy the ageing process.
The win came in Federer’s first day match so far at this edition. “I’m glad to be back in the shape that I am right now, which is finally healthy and that makes the difference”, he said. “I stole that one a little bit”.
But an unknown opponent can be a risky opponent.
“It’s (the offseason training with the Hungarian) been a while. Credit to him for playing a great tournament, that’s what I told him at the net”. But he hung with me for a long time. “So it was a good match”.
Berdych was always under the pump to beat the world No.2, as the Swiss Maestro had won the past eight meetings between the pair dating back to 2013.
“It’s not easy to come off some big wins, biggest wins of my career, insane stages, like quarterfinals of a Slam”, Sandgren said. The Swiss has won their last six matches.
But in the end all was well for Federer, who reached his record-extending 43rd grand slam semi-final where he will face 21-year-old South Korean sensation Chung Hyeon. He’s made his first quarter-final, same like me.
The women’s quarter-finals in the top half of the draw on Tuesday see top-seeded Simona Halep against Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber vs US Open runner-up Madison Keys. But to bounce back from a Novak match and just somehow get it done today, this afternoon, that’s tough.
“I was actually very nervous going into this match tonight, and that’s why I struggled very early on”, he said. “The ankle is still sore”.
“I think all the people is watching Australian Open now”, he said.
Hsieh, ranked 88, was always going to be a threat after knocking out world number three Garbine Muguruza and the risky Agnieszka Radwanska en route to the fourth round.
In the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the current victor will play against Tomáš Berdych, who defeated Italian Fabio Tonini – 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. After such an encouraging start, it was an all-too-familiar story for Berdych, the 19th seed suffering a ninth successive defeat against the domineering 19-time grand slam champion.