Federer ready for Berdych battle


Roger Federer is braced for his showdown with Tomas Berdych after comfortably advancing to the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Federer outclassed Belgian David Goffin in their fourth-round encounter, with the four-time Australian Open champion easing to a 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory.

The Swiss maestro barely broke sweat in the straightforward win on Rod Laver Arena, triumphing in one hour 28 minutes, to win through to his 12th quarter-final.

Federer, who was surprised by just how quickly he saw off Goffin, will face a step up in class against Berdych but the 34-year-old is ready for the Czech sixth seed - a two-time semi-finalist at Melbourne Park.

"I have to play well. I think the court suits him. I think this sort of flatter bounce and faster court is good for his serves, good for his returns. It's a fast court. I think for his kind of game it's good," Federer said afterwards.

"I think I matched up well against him as of late. Then again, we haven't played that much. He played very well here last year in exactly these conditions. I was very impressed how he played against Nick [Kyrgios].

"Today I didn't see that much against [Roberto] Bautista Agut. It was about switching to a different court, day session, beating a different kind of player, beating him in five sets, which gives him, I'm sure, a lot of confidence, as well, even though maybe the scoreline doesn't suggest that.

"I would assume he's exactly where he wants to be and he'll recover and make it a tough match for me, no doubt about it.

"It's going to be a good match. We're both going to play aggressive. This court pays off when you do play good and aggressive tennis."