The 37-year-old dropped only three first-serve points (93%, 40/43), won more than half of his break points (5/9) and never let Fritz into the match. The American saw zero break points.
“I think I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly because I knew of the threat of Taylor, his possibilities of the serve,” Federer said. “I think I had a really good feeling out here today against someone who can definitely be very dangerous in the future, and I wish him all the best in the future.”
The match was billed as an intergenerational showdown, with the 21-year-old Fritz one of 10 players aged 22 or under into the third round, against Federer, the 37-year-old all-time leader in Grand Slam titles. But the Swiss showed, as he’s done countless times in the past, that few of any generation can touch him when he’s on. Federer finished 34 winners, including 10 aces, to only 14 unforced errors.
Tsitsipas Matches Best Slam Result
The next wave of talent, however, will have another crack at the six-time Australian Open champion in the fourth round. Federer will face Greece’s #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas for a spot in the quarter-finals.
The 20-year-old Athens native matched his best Grand Slam showing yet with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 win against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, a two-time ATP Tour titlist.
Federer said he’s been impressed with Tsitsipas’ game style, including his willingness to get to the net. “I like to see that, so I think it’s going to be quite interesting,” Federer said.