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MELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Roger Federer had no trouble reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 14th time, counting calmly with Marton Fucsovics 6-4 , 7-6 (3), 6-2.
The 19 times main winner had never played Fucsovics, but had practiced against him, and beat his coach – Attila Savolt – here in the second roun d in 2002.
Federer will renew a long rivalry after Tomas Berdych, who returned to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the seventh time after a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.
Federer leads his head-to-head race 19-6, including the four times they met at Melbourne Park and the Wimbledon semifinals last year.
The victory over Fucsovics was Federer's first match in the 2018 tournament, and he joked about needing sunglasses and a towel for the beach, but he really said that the only change was setting the alarm for another time.