Fucsovics To Face Federer In Fourth Round
The World No. 67’s second trip to the fourth round at the season’s first Grand Slam ties his best mark at any major. Two years ago in Melbourne, Fucsovics became the first man from his country to make the last 16 at a Slam since Balazs Taroczy accomplished the feat at Roland Garros in 1984.
Fucsovics appeared the fresher player after defeating reigning Next Gen ATP Finals Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the second round, while Paul needed five sets in a four-hour, 19-minute triumph against 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov. Playing his typical physical brand of tennis, Fucsovics made Paul work for every point, leading to 42 unforced errors off the American’s racquet.
The Hungarian played a fairly clean match, working his groundstrokes around the court, striking 28 winners to only 25 unforced errors. He converted six of his 14 break points, ceding no breaks to Paul in his one-hour, 46 minute victory.
Fucsovics will next play third seed Roger Federer, who defeated John Millman 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(10-8) in four hours and three minutes. Federer won six straight points from 4/8 in the Match Tie-break to record his 100th victory at the Australian Open.