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Roger Federer explains how he adapted to play last-16 match during the day

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World number two Roger Federer has continued his impressive form in this year's Australian Open by reaching the quarter-finals without dropping a single set.

Federer looked at ease and completely in control of proceedings right throughout his latest contest on Monday as he managed to beat Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

The scheduling of matches, particularly for the Swiss ace has been the subject of a big debate over the last few weeks, with plenty of eyebrows raised at the number of times Federer has played in the cooler evening temperatures.

Unlike the previous rounds, Federer played his last-16 tie during the hotter period of the day. Although the Melbourne heat wasn't quite as stifling as it was last week, the earlier start still meant the 36-year-old still had to make a few tweaks to his routine.

Initially joking about the possibility of wearing sunglasses and bringing a towel for the beach, Federer revealed changing the string tension on his racquet was the biggest switch made.

“No, I stringed the racquets maybe a tiny bit tighter. It’s not that crazy hot. When it’s 38 degrees you might go with even harder strings to control the ball more," he said, as per The Metro.

“Other than that, you just set the alarm earlier so you’re up on time and just try to get to bed at some stage.

"Playing at night you’re going to bed at 3am in the morning so that’s always a tricky rhythm. I was able to manage it and I’m very happy today.”

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Next up the Swiss maestro is scheduled to face Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals on Wednesday - no doubt he will be hoping for another later start, though.

The resurrection of Federer since returning from injury last year has taken the world of tennis by storm and judging on the form and fitness of the 19-time Grand Slam champion, he looks well poised to challenge for another major honour.

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