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Roger Federer eases past Taylor Fitz into the fourth round of the Australian Open

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Roger Federer may be 37-years-old, but he has showed with his recent performances in the Australian Open that he is still more than capable of competing with the best.

The current world number 3 is into the fourth round of 2019's first Grand Slam, as he cruised past America’s Taylor Fritz in a straight sets victory.

The Swiss superstar beat Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2 and will now face Nikoloz Bashilashvli in the fourth round.

Federer played some sublime tennis, a throwback to his younger years, where he dominated the tour for so long, earning him the title of greatest of all time in the opinion of many, and with performances like the one against Taylor it looks like he is well in the hunt to add another Grand Slam to his tally.

Federer literally left Taylor a stricken bystander at times in their game, with his shots so accurate and powerful that the American simply could not do anything to return them.

A video has since emerged on social media of a superb winner from Federer which shows the quality that the Swiss star still has.

With Taylor seemingly on the front foot in the point and Federer pinned to the back of the court, Taylor hit a strong forehand towards Federer and moved forwards in anticipation of a weaker return from the GOAT.

2019 Australian Open - Day 5

This was a fatal mistake by the American, as you can see from the video Federer returned the shot with so much power and accuracy past Taylor, forcing the American to simply stand and stare in admiration as it travelled past him, before landing within inches of the court and bouncing out to win the point.

And in slow-motion it looks even better:

It is a testament to the man himself that, at 37-years-old he is still in the top three players in the world. Not many other tennis stars have been able to enjoy the longevity of Roger in the past.

Now the Swiss superstar has reached the fourth round of the Aussie Open with relative ease, the hopes of a Federer-Nadal semi-final grow more realistic.

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