Six-time champion Roger Federer recovered from a sluggish start to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals with victory against Marton Fucsovics.

The third seed saw off the world No 67 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 to reach the last eight in Melbourne for the 15th time.

Federer, who was just two points from defeat in his third-round match against John Millman, lost the first set against Hungarian Fucsovics but recovered to comfortably win the next three sets on Rod Laver Arena.

Federer also beat Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2018 Federer also beat Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2018 Federer also beat Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2018

The Swiss will face world No 100 Tennys Sandgren of America, who defeated 12th seed Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 earlier on Sunday.

Federer said: “It was a tough start – I thought Marton played clean. After Millman, the guy gave me a beatdown from the baseline, so maybe took away my confidence a bit.

“I just had to figure it out. I had a good start to the second set and from there it got a little bit easier.”

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Federer did not begin the match at his best physically after his four-hour long marathon win against Millman, losing his serve in the seventh game of the first set.

However, after losing the first set the 38-year-old won 12 of the next 15 games to win the second and third sets against Fucsovics, who was aiming to become the first Hungarian player to reach the the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Federer grew in confidence as the match progressed Federer grew in confidence as the match progressed Federer grew in confidence as the match progressed

Federer broke Fucsovics twice more in the fourth set to wrap up victory in two hours and 11 minutes on a cool evening on Australia Day.

He added: “I was able to recover and play a good match so I’m sure I’m going to feel better every day that goes by.”

Federer will next face Sandgren, who is through to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open for the second time in the last three years after victory against Fognini.

Tennys Sandgren has matched his best Grand Slam run Tennys Sandgren has matched his best Grand Slam run Tennys Sandgren has matched his best Grand Slam run

His Italian opponent rowed with the umpire and the supervisor, took a long bathroom break and received a point penalty during a fiery encounter.

Sandgren implied in an on-court discussion that he believed Fognini was allowed to bend the rules, and he explained later: “It seemed odd that we probably were already at time between the first and second set, then there was a bathroom break.

“I would have liked to have seen the ref be a little more forceful for what the times actually were.

“It’s a roller coaster sometimes with him. Sometimes you’re just a passenger with what’s going on.