Roger Federer has hit another milestone, netting his 300th Grand Slam career win after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in four sets 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4. But the Swiss Maestro’s Australian Open goal does not stop there as he faces Belgian David Goffin in the fourth round of the tournament.
Despite a solid win over Dimitrov, Federer showed signs of vulnerability after dropping the second set to the Bulgarian in their third round clash at Melbourne Park. But Federer was still thankful for his historical win in the first Grand Slam event of the year.
"It's not something I ever aimed for but when it happens, it's very special," Federer said, reports Yahoo News. "You look deeper into it, where it's all happened and how. So it's very nice."
Federer won a tight battle against Dimitrov at the Brisbane International, where the Swiss lost the chance to bag an ATP title after catching a flu-like virus in the middle of the tournament. However, it was a more convincing victory when the 17-time Grand Slam winner met Dimitrov at the Australian Open’s third round.
Federer’s next assignment will be against Goffin, who defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-1 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 in a match that spanned two hours and 59 minutes. Goffin admitted he was still improving, but he believes winning a tight match in the big stage helps build confidence for the rest of the season, and hopefully against Federer, who leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head by 3-0.
“If you want to go in the quarterfinal you have to play a big match and you have to give everything and to play wonderful match to go to the quarterfinals,” Goffin said, reports the Australian Open’s official website. “So I just have to be focused on what I have to do, like every match, to be aggressive and take every opportunity as I can.”
The winner between Federer and Goffin could face either Novak Djokovic or Gilles Simon, who also square off in the fourth round of the 2016 Australian Open.