Roger Federer of Switzerland is marching on to another deep campaign at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia.
Fresh off beating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the second round of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Swiss Maestro is wary of his next match-up, against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Federer, who beat Dolgopolov convincingly in straight sets, 6-3 7-5 6-1, stated in his post-match interview that Dimitrov is a “dangerous” player at this point of the tournament.
“[Dimitrov is] on a high right now, as well. Still [got to] win today, but I think it’s a tough draw, to be honest. He’s got the game to be really dangerous,” Federer responded when asked before Dimitrov’s win over Marco Trungelliti of Argentina in the Bulgarian’s own second round match-up via the tournament’s official website.
“He’s fit enough for a five-setter, so, yeah, I mean, [going to] definitely bring my best game to the court, whatever — Friday is, yeah.”
Dimitrov’s best performance at the Aussie Open came two years ago when he made the quarterfinals although the Bulgarian got eliminated in the fourth round last year. Dimitrov won his opening match in Australia against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 (8) 6-3 and beat Trungelliti in four sets, 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5.
Federer, who is a four-time winner of the Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010), has yet to be challenged in Melbourne and has yet to drop a set in this tournament. Federer was a straight sets winner in the first round against Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-2 6-1 6-2) and Dolpogolov, who faced 25 aces from the 34-year-old Federer.
Federer and Dimitrov has faced each other just four times in their careers with the Swiss owning a perfect 4-0 record over the Bulgarian. Their last meeting came in the tune-up tournament leading up to the Australian Open in at the 2016 Brisbane International where Federer was quarterfinal winner, 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-4.
“I just played him a couple weeks ago. Obviously it’s not an easy match. But I felt that I’ve been playing good. I have quite a few matches behind my back already,” Dimitrov said in his post-match interview.
“I mean, it’s exciting match for me, you know, to be able to get to the third round and play against him. You know, it’s a good start.”
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