Roger Federer (4/1 – Australian Open Outright) is looking to continue seeing off opponents quickly after he managed to cruise past Taylor Fritz and reach the Australian Open fourth round.
The 37-year-old, who was playing in his 100th match at the Australian Open, secured a 6-2 7-5 6-2 victory over the American under the roof on Rod Laver Arena on Friday.
It was an impressive serving display from the old master, with Fritz only capable of taking two points from Federer’s formidable serve in that first set.
With the aim of becoming the first man in the history of the sport to win seven Australian Open titles, Federer knows making quick starts will be key if the veteran is to achieve his goal at Melbourne Park.
“I wanted to get out the blocks quickly as I knew of the threat and his possibilities on the serve,” said the 20-time Grand Slam champion about Fritz.
“The second set was tough. There were a few chances but he protected his serve well and it was close. We had some good points and it was fun. I wish him all the best for the future.”
Next up for Federer is an encounter with the Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas (40/1 – Australian Open Outright), who managed to overcome Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in their third-round match.
Odds subject to change.