Roger Federer had to work hard for his quarterfinal slot at the 2012 French Open as the Belgian lucky loser David Goffin took him to four sets, the Swiss winning 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-4.
World no.109 Goffin was playing his first ever Grand Slam, but he showed no signs of hesitation as he broke Federer in the 12th game of the first set to take a lead in the match.
The Belgian’s confidence in the second set just kept on growing and when 5-4 up on Federer’s serve, he was just two points away from going two sets up. But the 16 time Grand Slam champion proved his greatness once more and after taking Goffin’s serve in the 11th game, he served out the set and the match was back on track.
From then onwards, it was all about the Swiss superstar as he took control of the remaining two sets and sailed to victory in 2 hours and 54 minutes.
“I thought he played really well. He took the ball early every time. He’s got great potential in terms of his touch and the way he reads the game.” said Federer about his opponent after the encounter.
In the quarterfinals, the Swiss will face the winner of the match between the Argentine Del Potro and the Czech Berdych. The match got suspended due to darkness at 7-6 (6) 1-6 6-3 in the Argentine’s favour.
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