Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal win at Australian Open

18 Janvier, 2019, 19:38 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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"I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly", the 37-year-old said on court afterwards following his 100th match at the Australian Open.

"I think he had to work extremely hard against Basilashvili", said Federer.

"It's exciting to have such an atmosphere. I never get to play with so many Greek people supporting me. and, and, and, Australians!"

Tsitsipas is into the fourth round of a major for the second time in his career, having made the last 16 at Wimbledon previous year.

Federer, Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson have all won six Australian Opens - although the Australian great's victories all came before the Open era.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari during their third round match.

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"Even playing against an Australian like Alex, I feel like the crowd - some part of the crowd - is with me!", Nadal, the 2009 Australian Open champion, said.

The 20-time grand slam champion faces another up-and-coming talent in his next match in Tsitsipas, who pushed Federer to two tie-breaks at the Hopman Cup.

A resurgent Tomas Berdych is also through to the last 16 for the eighth time in the last nine years here after a 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory over 18th seed Diego Schwartzman.

Marin Cilic overcame a pair of match points - including one double-faulted away by Fernando Verdasco - and a two-set deficit for a 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8), 6-3 victory. "It is pretty cool to watch him play". Cilic then grabbed a 3-0 lead in the fifth set and held on to complete the comeback.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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