Roger Federer outclassed David Goffin Monday night on Rod Laver Arena, in a match which started late but finished in a hurry, advancing to the Australian Open quarterfinals for a 12th time. In under 90 minutes, the 4-time champion eased past the young Belgian 6-2 6-1 6-4. Unfazed by any tactics or consistency Goffin offered, Federer thrived with his variety, hitting 39 winners, while winning 86% of points on his first serve and 64% of points on his second serve.
Dominant at net, the 34-year-old Swiss won 19 of 22 points, while also converting 6 of 13 break point opportunities. Clearly his best match of the tournament thus far, Federer was pleased with his performance and his preparation leading into a quarterfinal clash with Tomas Berdych.
“It was good. Surprised it went as fast as it did. To win the first two sets within 50 minutes is the best thing that can happen out there, especially with a late start and against a quality player,” Federer assessed.
“It was important to keep the momentum going, keep staying aggressive and trying to get the match done in three. I was able to do that. I was very pleased. There were some great moments in the match which I can take a lot away from … after the (Grigor) Dimitrov match (in the third round), which wasn’t so straightforward, wasn’t so easy, I was able to find an extra gear, I guess.”
Source: Australian Open
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