Roger dodges a bullet

3 Jun

Perfect poise

17 time Grand Slam singles champion kept his eye on the prize – just, against Gilles Simon winning in 5 sets.

In perhaps a sign of where things are at for the Fed express, it took Roger Federer the best part of 5 sets to shake off a determined 15th seed, Frenchman Gilles Simon at Roland Garros. Simon looked to be in control with a 2 sets to 1 lead and with Federer seemingly unable to hurt Simon or penetrate his defence. For Simon, who has hovered around the top 10 for many years but cannot take the big scalps, it was another case of close – but no cigar.

Federer’s win brought up more milestones. His 900th ATP tour win, and puts him in his 36th consecutive Grand Slam 1/4 final where he will try to end the run of another Frenchman and crowd favourite; Jo-Wi Tsonga. At his press conference following the match Federer was asked of the significance of the milestone. “I think I will look on 36 1/4 finals and say it was incredible because it wasn’t just 1 week or 1 year. I had to fight..”

No hard feelings

Victor + vanquished

Further underlining the point of players maturing later on the ATP tour, Federer joins fellow 31 year olds Tommy Robredo and David Ferrer in the 1/4’s, with either 35 year old Tommy Haas or young buck, 30 year old Mikhail Youzhny set to join them tomorrow.

Federer also gave some timely advice for all of us: “I’m happy I found a way, and was able to tidy up my play. I stayed calm under pressure.” Touche Roger.

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