20-time grand slam winner, Roger Federer has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Roger Federer is set to play against Taylor Fritz from the United States.
Taylor Fritz enters this match having beaten Gael Monfils in the previous round of the tournament. During the win, Taylor Fritz served well as he won close to 70% of his service games which resulted in the American only losing 1 service game in the entire match. This is the furthest Taylor Fritz has ever made it in the Australian Open so it will be hard for him to compete against an opponent who has won this event multiple times in the past.
On the other side of the court, Roger Federer won his previous match with ease as he completed the task in straight sets. It was a complete performance by Federer as he won 2 return games while only losing 1 service game in the entire event. Federer entered this tournament in top form as the Swiss Master recent led Switzerland to victory at the Hopman Cup. Federer is very comfortable when playing at Melbourne as he has won the Australian Open 6 times in the past. With such a strong record at this venue and his incredible form, Roger Federer will be very hard to stop in this tournament.
Roger Federer and Taylor Fritz have played once in the past. The match was played in 2016 at ATP Stuttgart where Roger Federer won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win. Federer is a far more accomplished player and the Swiss master looks in incredible form. Taylor Fritz lacks grand slam experience and I see that costing the American. Roger Federer is an incredible player and I see him easing into the next round of the tournament.