Federer Extends Grand Slam Run
Published on June 3 2013 10:51 am
Last Updated on June 3 2013 10:51 am
Written by Millie Lange
Federer extended his incredible run of Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances Sunday with a fourth-round win at the French Open, but had to dig deep in a five-set thriller against Frenchman Gilles Simon to do it. Federer pulled out a 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph on Court Chatrier to advance to the second week at Roland Garros, pushing his consecutive string of major quarterfinal appearances to 36 -- or basically nine straight years. The Swiss superstar last failed to reach the round of eight in a Grand Slam at the 2004 French Open when he lost to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round. Another Frenchman awaits in the quarters, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 pasting of Serbia's Viktor Troicki. Spaniards David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo were also fourth-round winners Sunday. The fourth-seeded Ferrer needed an 1 hour and 45 minutes to dispatch South Africa's Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, while Robredo became just the second man to come back from 0-2 down in three straight Grand Slam matches when he escaped with a 6-7 (5-7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
On the women's side, Serena Williams continued her romp through the draw with a 6-1, 6-3 rout of Italy's Roberta Vinci. Williams has dropped just 10 games in her first four matches and will next play Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova, the 2009 French champ, knocked off eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Fifth-seeded Sara Errani rallied for a three-set win over Carla Suarez Navarro and will next play fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over 2008 champ Ana Ivanovic.