Marton Fucsovics vs Roger Federer, Australian Open 2020, fourth round: live score and latest updates

Josh Burrows
Federer was taken to five gruelling sets in the previous round, against John Millman - Getty Images AsiaPac

12:41PM

Thoughts on the Federer-Sandgren quarter-final?

The comments board below is open all day today. Can Sandgren beat him? 

12:38PM

Great recovery from Federer

At 38 years old, it's no mean feat for Federer to go through an ordeal like the Millman epic and then return less than two days later looking frisky.

 

12:34PM

Fucsovics just didn't have enough

He was excellent in the first set, but once Federer warmed up into the match, Fucsovics rather fell away. 

Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, is congratulated by Hungary's Marton Fucsovics after winning their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

 

12:32PM

Federer speaks

"It took some time to get into the match. I was looking to mix it up a bit more becuase it gets really slow in the night time when it's cooler like this. It was frosty! 

"I think we're all happy it was this way! We don't want it incredibly hot. 

He jokes that he had to count to three and then try to haul himself out of bed after the Millman match. Then wishes everyone a happy Australia day. 

"I hope I'll see you again next year on Australia Day"

Then he pays tribute to Rod Laver and even John McEnroe, who's the one doing the blinking interview. What a charmer. 

Then, on Tennys Sandgren

"He was never going to be a baseball player with that name. I'm looking forward to playing him. I've played a lot of tennis in my career but I've never played a Tennys!"

12:26PM

Federer wins

Earlier in that winning game Federer was briefly ratty with the line judge when a perfectly good first serve was called out, then overruled. Feels like he just wanted to get off court as quickly as possible. 

He's won the match in well under three hours, which will be very welcome after the Millman epic.

12:25PM

Game, set, match Federer! 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

A passing shot on the half-volley - from the baseline - takes Federer to match point but the net cord denies him on the first opportunity. Then another half-volley - this one even more extraordinary, on his approach to the net - earns him a second match point. This time Fucsovics rallies his way out. 

It's third-time lucky though, as Federer finds a big first serve down the middle that Fucsovics returns into the net. For the 15th time in his career, Federer is through to the Aussie Open quarter final. 

12:19PM

Fourth set: Federer 5* Fucsovics 2 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

Glorious forehand winner down the line from Federer, putting the ball into the one sliver of space in which his opponent could not reach it. Pretty much a classic of genre Federer, that. 

And he breaks again! Federer challenges a baseline non-call, mid-rally, and is proved right by Hawk-Eye. He's been awesome on the challenges in this match. Now serving for a place in the quarters. 

12:16PM

Fourth set: Federer 4 Fucsovics 2* (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

Federer holds. Match rapidly reaching its death throes. Will Fucsovics, in his funeral director's garb, pull the pall over himself?

12:10PM

Fourth set: Federer 3* Fucsovics 2 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

Two break points for Federer, but Fucsovics manages to rally his way out of them. Then finds a first serve to hold on. Federer still a break up.

12:08PM

Fourth set: Federer 3 Fucsovics 1* (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

Unbelieveable challenge from Federer wins him the game, spotting, somehow, that his first serve had indeed clipped the service line by approximately 1mm. Everything going his way now and Fucsovics puts his head down and his hands on his knees. He knows it too.

Marton Fucsovics of Hungary reacts during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia

 

12:04PM

Fourth set: Federer 2* Fucsovics 1 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

Fucsovics holds serve.

Here's Tennys Sangren on the prospect of playing Federer in the quarters:

"It would be incredible to play him at least once in my career, and to meet him in the quarters of a slam would be special. 

12:00PM

Fourth set: Federer 2 Fucsovics 0* (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

A fourth ace wraps up this service game, which also featured a drive volley and a serve and volley one-two punch. Basically Federer at something close to his modern best. 

11:58AM

Fourth set: Federer 1* Fucsovics 0 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-2) * = serving next

Federer breaks. The longer this match goes on, the more Federer seems to be dictating the rallies. He's essentially standing in the middle of the baseline and working on the Fucsovics backhand. 

11:52AM

Federer wins third set! Federer 6 Fucsovics 2 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1)

Federer comes in behind his first serve and plonks down a volley that wins him the third set and gives him that two-set lead. Easy for the six-times Aussie Open champion. 

Reminder: the winner of this match plays Tennys Sandgren in the quarters.

oger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia

 

11:47AM

Third set: Federer 5* Fucsovics 2 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

For goodness' sake. Federer breaks straight back - and does so because Fucsovics attempts a lashing crosscourt forehand that flies wide, then leaves a ball alone only to watch it bounce onto the line. Federer to serve for the third set and a two sets to one lead. 

11:42AM

Third set: Federer 4 Fucsovics 2* (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

Oh! Wonderful lob from Fucsovics. Federer just turns around to watch the ball bouncing away from him. Then an unforced error on the Federer forehand gives the Hungarian two more break points. He converts the second, thanks to an unforced error on the Federer backhand. 

Good for Fucsovics, but Federer still has a break in hand.

11:39AM

Third set: Federer 4* Fucsovics 1 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

Couple of semi-spectacular points in this game, but possibly only becuase Federer has the lead that means he can afford to attempt, say, the ambitious topspin lob. 

The question is whether Fucsovics can find a second wind from somewhere? He actually celebrated winning his serve after this game, which ain't always a great look. 

11:34AM

Third set: Federer 4 Fucsovics 0* (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

Two break points for Fucsovics. He rather tosses away the first, then a big Federer first serve snuffs out the second. Very few aces so far this match from Federer, which is strange. But his accuracy is still frightening. He's not necessarily getting free points, but he's getting some very cheap ones.  

Hungary's Marton Fucsovics reacts during his match against Switzerland's Roger Federer

 

11:30AM

Third set: Federer 3* Fucsovics 0 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

Another clutch of break points for the Fed Express...and he wins the game with a stunning lashed backhand crosscourt. Fucsovics actually managed to get the ball back on the half-volley only for his opponent to place the ball past him and onto the line with the simplicity of a man placing a cup of tea on a coaster. 

Match sliding away from Fucsovics. Fast.

Here's a picture of Federer next to a Rolex crown. Dear Rolex, please send me a watch. 

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after a point against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics

 

11:25AM

Third set: Federer 2 Fucsovics 0* (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

Hmm. Fucsovics is playing some ropey tennis now. Federer came to the net in this game and, not for the first time, Fucsovics played a shot that was neither pass nor lob. That's the ninth game in the past ten won by Federer. 

11:23AM

Third set: Federer 1* Fucsovics 0 (previous sets 4-6, 6-1) * = serving next

Glorious down the line backhand winner early in this game from Federer, then two break points on the Fucsovics serve. Fucsovics utterly loses his mind on the second and tries a slice forehand dropshot from close to the baseline! What on earth was that about? Federer was way out of position, true, but a simple forehand down the line would have sufficed. Federer breaks in the opening game!

11:19AM

Has Federer changed rackets?

Mats Wilander, courtside, thinks the Swiss might have switched to a slightly looser-strung racket, in an attempt to get a bit more pace onto the ball in relatively cool conditions. 

11:18AM

Federer wins second set! Federer 6 Fucsovics 1 (previous sets: 4-6)

Holds to 15. Simples. We're all square after 1hr 3min. 

Don't think Federer played very much better in that set; Fucsovics' level just dropped a touch compared with his form in the first set. Then he got a little unlucky at crucial points. 

11:15AM

Second set: Federer 5* Fucsovics 1 (previous sets: 4-6) * = serving next

Second break for Federer. No luck for Fucsovics in that game. A groundstroke that bounced just long and a net cord on break point that meant Federer had an absolute gimme of a forehand to confirm the break. Federer will serve for the set. 

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his match against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics

 

11:10AM

Second set: Federer 4 Fucsovics 1* (previous sets: 4-6) * = serving next

One glorious rally in this game, featuring three successive shots of pure Federer, but then an unforced error that sets up a Fucsovics break point. Federer saves it with another approach to the net —a tactic that has worked well for him under pressure in this match so far. Then a classic one-two punch with the wide serve out to the Fucsovics backhand. Federer holds. 

 

11:06AM

Second set: Federer 3* Fucsovics 1 (previous sets: 4-6) * = serving next

Fucsovics gets a foothold in the second set. Goes almost unnoticed by the crowd, although there is a little pocket of highly verbal Hungarian fans sitting up in the gods somewhere. 

11:02AM

Second set: Federer 3 Fucsovics 0* (previous sets: 4-6) * = serving next

Federer put under a little bit of pressure on his serve but tugs Fucsovics this way and that, then slams a winner past him for a 3-0 lead in the second set.

10:59AM

Second set: Federer 2* Fucsovics 0 (previous sets: 4-6) * = serving next

Federer breaks!Not special from Fucsovics and on the second break point he misses a forehand wide. Didn't have a game like that at any point during the first set. Can't go off the boil now.

10:57AM

Steely so far from the Hungarian

ungary's Marton Fucsovics reacts after a point against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2020

 

10:54AM

Second set: Federer 1 Fucsovics 0* (previous sets: 4-6) * = serving next

Federer holds serve at the beginning of the first set in one minute and five seconds. Seemed to get that first set out of his system pretty quickly. 

Interestingly Mats Wilander reports from courtside that the atmosphere on court feels heavy and a little cold - similar to conditions when Federer lost to Stefano Tsitipas last year at the Aussie Open. 

10:51AM

Fucsovics wins first set! Federer 4 Fucsovics 6

Fucsovics's first ace gives him three set points but a thunderous Federer return saves the first of them. The Hungarian slots in a big kicking serve out wide and Federer can't get that back in court. First set to Fucsovics!

10:47AM

First set: Federer 4 Fucsovics 5* (* = serving next)

Federer under pressure on his serve again. Fucsovics dictating matters with his forehand. Classic shots of Mirka Federer looking concerned (imagine if your other half turned up to your workplace every day - weird) but Federer holds for 5-4.

Fucsovics serving for the first set. He usually has a bit of an issue with double-faulting. Fingers crossed he doesn't suffer a relapse here.

10:43AM

First set: Federer 3* Fucsovics 5 (* = serving next)

Fucsovics confirms the break with a hold to love, using his forehand to punch holes through the court. Federer has lost his timing a little, as shown when a ball pings off his frame from an otherwise nondescript forehand. He'll now be serving to stay in the set...

10:40AM

First set: Federer 3 Fucsovics 4* (* = serving next)

Three break points on the Federer serve! Federer snuff out the first two with stealthy approaches to the net but the Hungarian finds an important first serve return and pulls his opponent wide on the forehand. Federer finds the net and it's first blood to Fucsovics.

10:35AM

First set: Federer 3* Fucsovics 3 (* = serving next)

A brief hiatus in this game when a feather drifts across court. Unconfirmed rumours that it fell off one of Federer's wings. 

No break points yet. 

10:31AM

First set: Federer 3 Fucsovics 2* (* = serving next)

A service game flashes past in the blink of an eye. Federer beginning to purr. 

10:30AM

First set: Federer 2* Fucsovics 2 (* = serving next)

Solid rallying from both men here - including the unusual sight of Roger Federer almost falling over when he was wrong-footed on the baseline by a Fucsovics passing shot. Obviously he didn't do anything as inelegant as actually falling over. Obviously. 

Meanwhile, pretty extraordinary pair of shorts you've got there, Roger. Like they way they match the sweatband. Makes you look kind of like a children's TV presenter. 

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a return against Hugary's Marton Fucsovics during their men's singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on

Fucsovics, meanwhile, is all in black. Like a funeral director. Which will be appropriate if he beats Federer here, as far as the crowd is concerned, at least.

Marton Fucsovics of Hungary plays a backhand during his Men's Singles third round match against Tommy Paul of the United States

 

10:23AM

First set: Federer 2 Fucsovics 1* (* = serving next)

Loving the fact that, back in 2010 when Fucsovics was winning the Wimbledon boys title, his opponent today was already a 16-times grand-slam champion. 

10:20AM

First set: Federer 1* Fucsovics 1 (* = serving next)

Bit early to say whether Federer's game is in full working order, but his eyes are obviously ok. He managed to spot that a Fucsovics first serve was too deep by about 2mm. Quick! Someone get him a sponsorship deal for his retinas. 

10:16AM

First set: Federer 1 Fucsovics 0* (* = serving next)

No dangers for the Swiss in the opening exchanges. Wins to 30. Obviously the aim for Fucsovics will be to take Federer long in each set - find out just how much was taken out of him by that epic against Millman in the third round. 

10:14AM

Play about to start.

Fucsovics won the coin toss and will receive serve. Here we go....

10:12AM

Players out on court

If Roger Federer wins this match, he'll achive his 101st victory at the Australian Open. Just think about that for a second. Perhaps try counting to 100. Quite something, right. 

Fun Fucsovics fact: he's never beaten a player from the top 10. 

 

9:57AM

Barty speaks

It was exceptionally hard playing with the wind. I struggled a bit tonight but was able to get some of the big holds I needed. 

I love Petra but let's hope she doesn't break my heart on Tuesday! I'm excited to get another opportunity in a grand slam quarter final. 

Jim Courier then wishes Barty a happy Australia Day. Much cheering.

9:54AM

Barty wins!

A double fault on match point from Alison Riske sends the Australian through to the quarter finals, where she'll meet Petra Kvitova, who beat her at this tournament last year. 

9:53AM

Winner to play Sandgren

The winner of the Federer v Fucsovics contest will face Tennys Sandgren in the quarter finals after the unseeded American knocked out Fabio Fognini, the No 12 seed, in four sets, two of which went to tie breaks. Looked like a bruising encounter. 

Tennys Sandgren of the US celebrates after a victory against Italy's Fabio Fognini during their men's singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

 

9:50AM

Barty v Riske is back on serve

Turning into a bit of a humdinger on Rod Laver Arena. Barty not looking very much like a World No 1 who's more than 2,000 ranking points ahead of her nearest competitor. All square in the decider at 4-4.

Women's world rankings

 

9:46AM

"Come on, Rog!"

There's something very tennis about the way random fans tweet directly at their favourite players. Love the idea that Roger Federer, a few minutes before a fourth-round grand slam tie, is sitting in the locker room scrolling through his notifications. 

 

9:35AM

Barty breaks in the third set

The Aussie has clicked into a totally different gear. Crowd loving it, obviously. And, bizarrely, they'll probably be even more vocal in a few minutes when they catch sight of a 38-year-old Swiss bloke. 

9:20AM

Riske wins the second set

The match against Barty is going to a decider after Riske, below, romped through the second set 6-1. Barty basically had a set off - needs to regroup. 

Alison Riske of the US hits a return against Australia's Ashleigh Barty during their women's singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

 

9:09AM

Federer seeking his 21st Grand Slam title

The last time he won on the biggest stage was 2018, in Melbourne. Currently No 3 in the world, if he gets through this round he faces either Tennys Sandgren or Fabio Fognini in the quarters. Then comes a likely match-up with Djokovic (the world No 2) in the semis and a possible final against Nadal (the world No 1) this time next week. 

In men's grand slam tennis sometimes it's kind of like the last ten years didn't happen.

9:01AM

Riske breaks early in the second set

The American proving that Barty won't have it all her own way - in the match before Federer v Fucsovics - and is 3-0 up in the second. 

9:00AM

"I want to make my country proud"

So says Fucsovics, who reached a career high of 31 in March last year. 

“The key is to work hard before tournaments and to arrive with a fresh mind and physically,” he says. “I don’t like to play week after week, I like going home for a few days, to refuel the tank. In beating [Denis] Shapovalov, [Jannick] Sinner and [Tommy] Paul so far this week, I've felt fresh. I've been clear on my tactics and I've served well, backing up my groundstrokes.

“I want to make my country proud. I want to be better and better.”

8:54AM

Ash Barty wins the first set

The Australian beat her American opponent Alison Riske 6-3. Good contest though. Federer v Fucsovics follows this match.

8:53AM

Fucsovics on Federer

“It’s not going to be easy against Roger, but I am playing the best tennis of my career,” said Fucsovics, after beating Tommy Paul 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in the third round on Friday. “I feel like I’m getting older, more mature and experienced, but I’m still working hard. Since I changed my coaches two months ago, we’ve been working on my serve day-by-day.

“I was a newcomer two years ago [when he lost to Federer at this stage of the Australian Open], it was my first year in the Top 100. I was very hungry and positive. Two years ago, against Roger, it was a sensation to reach the fourth round and play my idol. We played in the 2019 Dubai quarter-finals and I was close to the winning the first set. I now have more experience, I’m stronger than two years ago, and I really want to beat him.”

Hungary's Marton Fucsovics plays a shot between legs as he plays against Tommy Paul of the U.S. in their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia

 

8:48AM

These two have previous

Fucsovics and Federer have played only twice before, the first of those meetings coming at the 2018 Australian Open, also in the fourth round. Federer dispatched the Hungarian on that occasion, winning 6-4, 7-6, 6-2.

He said afterwards (in that unavoidably patronising way):  "I thought he played very well. Fast conditions, you have to have quick ideas and execute well and I think he did that very well. I had a hard time breaking through until two sets to love and a break. Credit to him for playing a great tournament, that's what I told him at the net."

The second time they met was in Dubai last year, when Federer came through in two sets.

8:41AM

Start time...

....depends on how long the match extends between Alison Riske and Ash Barty, the world No 1 (pictured below) on the Rod Laver Arena. Three breaks of serve in the first set so far.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her match against Alison Riske

 

8:38AM

G'day mates

It was all going so well for Roger Federer, who swept aside Filip Krajinovic in the first round (6-1, 6-4, 6-1), then danced past Steve Johnson in the second (6-3, 6-2, 6-2) only to get embroiled in an absolute monster match against John Millman in round three. Having been four points down, and two points from defeat, in the final-set tie-break, somehow Federer reeled off six points on the trot to win one of the great tie-breaks of his career. 

Simon Briggs watched it all unfold, calling it "one of the great feats of escapology". A mere 40-odd hours later, the world No 3 is back to face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, the unseeded Hungarian who dumped out Denis Shapovalov, the world No 13, in the first round.