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Roger Federer vs. David Goffin: Score and Reaction from 2016 Australian Open

Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand return during his men's singles match against Belgium's David Goffin on day seven of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE / AFP / SAEED KHAN        (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 3, 2017

Roger Federer produced a stunning performance to down world No. 16 David Goffin 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday and set up a quarter-final with sixth-seed Tomas Berdych.

The encounter lasted just 88 minutes and Goffin did very little wrong, but the Swiss legend was simply magnificent.

SI Tennis confirmed the crushing victory:

Federer looked irresistible from the off and claimed the first of many breaks in the fourth game of the match to take a 3-1 lead.

He was taking the ball so early when returning serve that Goffin was pinned back and simply could not get into the match.

Another break at 5-2 up secured the world No. 3 the first set in 21 minutes. As noted by BBC 5 Live's David Law, Federer was playing some of his best tennis ever:

There was no let up in the second set for Goffin as Federer sealed an early break once again, moving 3-1 ahead with a brilliant forehand into the corner.

Goffin had no chance to break back as Federer's serve was scarily accurate and the Belgian was broken again for 5-1 as the 34-year-old threw up an immaculate lob.

The 17-time grand slam winner duly sealed the second set with ease having lost just three points on his own serve, per the Australian Open.

He then broke again for 1-0 in the third after another fantastic forehand down the line. Federer having picked up another break for 4-1 it looked as though Goffin may not win another game, but the 15th seed went down fighting as he claimed a break back.

There was to be no miraculous turnaround, though, and Federer served out the third set to move serenely into the last eight. 

 

Post-Match Reaction 

Unsurprisingly, Federer was delighted with his performance and he acknowledged the challenge he now faces against Berdych in the quarter-finals, per the Australian Open:

Berdych came through a tough five-setter against Roberto Bautista Agut in his fourth-round match, and will need to up his game significantly if he is to handle Federer in this kind of form.

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