Federer recovered quickly from his shaky start, and reeled in the unforced errors in the second set. He again raced to a 3-0 lead, but this time was able to hang on without being troubled on his serve. In a match that lasted 81-minutes, Federer endured to a 7-5, 6-3 victory. The reigning Wimbledon champion struck an alarming 24 unforced errors compared to 23 winners. On a more positive note, the Swiss looked sharper on his net game, winning 17 points up front.
Vying for his first Olympic singles medal, Federer will either play American John Isner or 7th seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the quarterfinals. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Federer was upset by American James Blake at the quarterfinal stage, losing in straight sets.