Roger Federer will look to continue with his sterling run at the 2019 Australian Open when he takes on Greek number one Stefanos Tsitsipas in their fourth round encounter.
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Federer v Tsitsipas Head to Head
Federer and Tsitsipas have never met on the ATP circuit and this could be the first match of a very enticing rivalry between the two.
Federer Defeats Fritz; Plays Another Next Gen Next
Defending champion Roger Federer, put up his most convincing performance of the Australian Open, defeating rising American Taylor Fritz in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. The Swiss was in strong serving form from the beginning, and never took his foot off the brake, during his service games. Federer was playing his 100th Australian Open match, and unlike his previous match against Dan Evans, he was off the blocks quickly, never really losing momentum.
The Swiss broke Fritz’s second and third service games, and wrapped up the first set convincingly, 6-2, in about 20 minutes. Fritz only took 2 points off the Federer serve in the set. Fritz upped his serve in the second set, and started putting more pressure on the Federer serve as well. Some of Fritz’s powerful serving, and shot-making, was on display from time to time. Federer broke the American at 5-5 in the second set, and served out the set with relative ease.
Coming back from 2 sets down was always going to be an uphill task for the American. With back-to-back breaks for Federer, the third set was relatively straightforward. After the match, Federer mentioned that he was happy with his game, and also made note of Fritz’s potential for the future.
Federer’s next opponent is rising Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas – Can the Young Star Upset His Idol?
14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, had a ground breaking year in 2018, and has been talked about as the star of the next generation. With a throwback Bjorn Borg look of the 1980’s, the calmness of Roger Federer, and the competitive gritty nature of Ivan Lendl, Tsitsipas has definitely added his name alongside Alexander Zverev, as a future grand slam winner. Tsitsipas has repeated his 2018 performance, making the round of 16, and hoping to go a step further, against his childhood idol Roger Federer
The Greek has had a challenging few rounds thus far, most notably a four set duel against another rising player, Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvilli. An aggressive baseliner, with powerful groundstrokes, a big serve, and one that does not fear to approach the net, Tsitsipas has an all-round game that can beat the best. At the age of 20, he has displayed maturity in testing times, as well.
Roger Federer himself has taken note of Tsitsipas’ s potential and talent and earmarked him as one to watch out for in the years to come.
Federer v Tsitsipas – Who Will Win?
They met most recently at the team event Hopman Cup at the beginning of the year, with Federer winning in 2 close tie breaks. In what promises to be an entertaining clash, Roger Federer knows that Tsitsipas has all it takes to spring an upset.
Being part of the middle weekend at the Open, this match will definitely fill Rod Laver Arena. While Tsitsipas has the talent and temperament to upset the Swiss, Federer’s vast experience, and judgment of opponents’ games should see him through to another Australian Open quarter final.
Possibly among the more exciting matches of the Open on our hands; Federer to win in four tight sets.
You can watch & bet on Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas live with bet365 here on Sunday, January 20.