Federer rallies, advances to quarterfinals

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    MELBOURNE. — Swiss favorite Roger Federer rallied from a set down to subdue Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 , 6-2 and advance into the quarterfinals of the men’s Singles of the Australian Open on Sunday.

    Playing behind a brilliant all-around game, Federer dispatched Fucsovics after two hours and 10 minutes of play on center court, much to the delight of the hometown crowd.

    Earlier, Novak Djokovic continued his imperious progress through the Australian Open draw, negotiating a potentially tricky encounter with Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for the 11th time.

    The seven-time champion only added to a strong feeling around the tournament that the Serbian is again the man to beat at the year’s first Grand Slam as he ousted the Argentine in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

    The defending champion broke for 5-3 and served out for the opening set before grabbing early breaks in the next two stanzas and successfully resisting Schwartzman’s attempts to get back on terms.

    The 32-year-old second seed wrapped up the contest by serving out to love and was delighted to have successfully executed his gameplan.