H2H Roger Federer vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas | Match preview, prediction AO

H2H Roger Federer vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas | Match preview, prediction AO

World number 15 Tsitsipas battled past reigning champ Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in their fourth round match at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday to become the first Greek player ever to reach the quarter finals of a Grand Slam.

Therefore the sight of Taylor Fritz going down 6-2 7-5 6-2 to the 37-year-old after his wins over Britain's Dan Evans and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, already has many willing to hand over the trophy to our friend from Switzerland with a whole week and three more rounds remaining before the final.

The 37-year-old Federer, seeking a third consecutive title in Melbourne, dismissed 21-year-old Taylor Fritz of the USA 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. He showed such good things over the years. "I also didn't break him at the Hopman Cup, so clearly there's something wrong".

I think I just played him the right way and Rafa, either I didn't allow to play at his level or he just didn't come to the level of Rafa in the past.

"It definitely didn't go the way I was hoping on the break points", a despondent Federer told reporters immediately after his hopes of winning a record seventh Australian Open were shattered.

He saved eight break points in the second set to keep Federer at bay yet had no such gifts on his opponent's serve.

Federer has opted to miss the past two clay seasons since struggling with injury throughout 2016.

Next up for the diminutive 22-year-old is Kvitova, who beat Barty in the final of the warm-up Sydney International this month.

The noise, which could be heard in Laver, gradually reduced as Federer began to pile on the pressure in the second set. Tsitsipas went 1-for-3 in that category, coming through in the last game of the third set.

But Tsitsipas, who had twice been penalised for a shot-clock delay in the very first game of the match, has attributed his win to a strong mental attitude after knocking out the 20-time Grand Slam victor.

Federer had tightened back up, with his forehand a liability whenever he had an opportunity to press. Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during the match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas. But he could not repeat the feat at 5-6 and a 42nd unforced error into the net saw the veteran behind for the first time in the championship.

India chased down Australia's below par total of 230 all out with relative ease eventually as an industrious MS Dhoni played yet another match-winning knock, staying till the end to see the chase through. He warded off 12 break points during the encounter.

It was the first encounter between Tsitsipas and Federer with a brilliant match ensuing.

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