And come they will. With Novak Djokovic likely waiting just a round away in the last four, Federer is finding his game at the right time. But for now a quarterfinal match-up with the unseeded American Tennys Sandgren, a player who seems to save much of his best form for the Australian Open, awaits on Tuesday. Federer and Sandgren have never played.
“I'm looking forward to that match because I've seen him play a lot, but never played him,” Federer said.
“You always wonder on TV sometimes it always looks better than it could be in real. All of a sudden you face him, it's going to be this big and this strong.
“I like how he moves. Very explosive. Has a nice first serve as well. He can counter-punch, but also likes to go on the attack. Reminds me a little bit of the olden days when you would do the transition game very good and very quickly. I feel like that's what I've seen a lot of him doing very well.
“I think the coaches have seen him quite a bit. They'll try to get some more info, maybe look into how he's played in the past against maybe players like me. I'm not sure. We'll go from there.”