The best Hungarian tennis player, currently in 67th place, made his way into the top 16 at the Australian Open tennis tournament, winning three matches. In the 4th round, he met the 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. For the first time, the Hungarian won a set against the legendary tennis player, but ultimately lost to Federer after four sets: 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
The two players have met twice previously, once two years ago, competing for the same title, progressing into the top 8 at the Australian Grand Slam. Back in 2018, Fucsovics lost 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2 in their clash, but this year he opened the match more confidently, winning the first set 4-6 against Federer. Then, the Swiss once again took control and finally won the game in four sets, in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
However, Fucsovics made tennis history with the match, as he was the first Hungarian to reach the round of 16 of the Australian Open for the second time.
Hungary’s Márton Fucsovics Loses After Giving Tennis Legend Roger Federer “a Hard Time Breaking Through” at the Australian Open
As in the game against John Millman, 3rd seeded Federer struggled to find his rhythm at the beginning of the game. He lost the first set against the strong return player Márton Fucsovics. Although Federer won the game in four sets, the Hungarian player was not so disappointed. He posted on his Facebook page, saying:
Yesterday’s match didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, but I can still say that I had a very positive week! I have been enriched with new experiences. We are continuing and preparing for the coming tournaments!
Fucsovics started the season with a fantastic comeback. After progressing to the top 16 at his first competition in Doha by defeating the American Frances Tiafoe (47) in three sets, he also made it to the top 16 with fantastic games in Melbourne. The best Hungarian tennis player is expected to be placed 54th in the world rankings after the Australian Open.
featured photo: Fucsovics Marci Facebook page