Roger Federer roared into an Australian Open quarter-final with Tomas Berdych Monday as former champion Angelique Kerber stuttered into an attractive conflict with Madison Keys.
The defending champion swatted apart one-time coaching associate Marton Fucsovics 6-Four, 7-6 (7/Three), 6-2 to make the final eight for an unbelievable 14th time.
The Swiss maestro, 36, has made not less than the final eight yearly since 2004, bar a hiccup in 2015.
“He played very well,” the 19-time Grand Slam champion mentioned of the Hungarian. “You needed to have quick ideas and execute well today.”
Second seed Federer will now play fellow veteran Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2014 and 2015 at his most profitable main, who demolished Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-Four, 6-Four.
The 32-year-old, who’s on his manner again from again issues, misplaced to the five-time Australian champion within the third spherical final 12 months and the percentages are closely stacked once more him.
Of the 13 quarter-finals Federer has contested in Melbourne, he has gained the lot.
“I have no choice to choose the opponent and may the better man win,” mentioned the 19th seeded Czech.
“I am going to get myself ready, it’s all I can do, and prepare the best I can.”
Germany’s Kerber is the one Grand Slam champion left among the many girls, and he or she was given an enormous fright as she chases her second Melbourne Park crown after beating Serena Williams in 2016.
After crushing Maria Sharapova within the final spherical, she got here up in opposition to gritty Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei who shocked the 21st seed by taking the primary set on Rod Laver Arena.
At one level Kerber was serving to remain within the match, however she bounced again to win Four-6, 7-5, 6-2.
“Credit to her, she played unbelievable. I was running everywhere,” mentioned Kerber, who had a poor 2017 after beginning the 12 months as world primary.
“I was just trying to focus on every point.”
Hsieh, ranked 88, was all the time going to be a menace after knocking out world quantity three Garbine Muguruza and the damaging Agnieszka Radwanska en path to the fourth spherical.
The win set Kerber up with a conflict in opposition to American Keys, a semi-finalist in 2015 who has discovered a brand new lease of life beneath the steerage of former nice Lindsay Davenport.
Seeded 17, she flattened French eighth seed Caroline Garcia 6-Three, 6-2 in simply 68 spectacular minutes.
“I feel like I’m playing just solid, consistent tennis,” mentioned Keys, a US Open finalist final 12 months. “I think today was a good example of that. I think I served well. I think I returned well.”
The 22-year-old added: “Right now I’m definitely really enjoying my job.”
Whoever wins that match may have a possible semi-final in opposition to world primary Romanian Simona Halep, who breezed previous Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Margaret Court Arena, 6-Three 6-2.