World no. 3, Roger Federer of Switzerland has defeated Taylor Fritz of the United States of America in straight sets 6-2 7-5 6-2. Fritz, aged 21, is one of 10 players aged 22 or under to make it to the third round of the Australian Open this year.
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Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the United States during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Fritz’s first service game was strong, as he held to love, but he couldn’t repeat this, with Federer breaking in the third game to lead 2-1. In the American’s third service game, Federer was able to break again, whilst holding his own serve to lead 4-1. Fritz was able to hold again, and then Federer served out the first set, winning it with an ace in just 20 minutes.
In the second set, Fritz kept much better hold of his serve, not allowing the Swiss to break until the eleventh game of the set. Although Federer did come from 40-0 down in the third game to bring up a break point, but the American was able to end Federer’s streak of winning points. Federer served out the set, bringing up a set point with his seventh ace of the match, then winning the set with his eighth.
Federer broke in the third game of the third set, and again in the fifth game to lead 4-1. Fritz was able to hold in his final service game, before Federer served out the set. Federer did not any face any break points throughout the entirety of the match.
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Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Taylor Fritz of the United States embrace at the net following their third round match during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
“I think I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly because I knew of the threat of Taylor, his possibilities of the serve,” Federer said. “I think I had a really good feeling out here today against someone who can definitely be very dangerous in the future, and I wish him all the best in the future.”
The next wave of talent, will have another crack at the six-time Australian Open champion in the fourth round. Federer will face Greece’s #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the quarter-finals. Tsitsipas had a 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4 win against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Federer said that he has been impressed with Tsitsipas’ game style, especially his willingness to get to the net. Federer stating that “I like to see that, so I think it’s going to be quite interesting.” The two will battle it out on Sunday.