Roger Federer continues his French Open on Sunday, taking on the unseeded Leonardo Mayer for a spot in the quarter finals. With the seeds faltering in his section so far, it would be the quarter finals before Federer could face a seed – with Stanislas Wawrinka or Stefanos Tsitsipas waiting should he get there.
Mayer has long been a solid player on the clay, winning several titles on both the Challenger and main ATP tour. He had never made this far in Paris before, previously losing a handful of third round matches. The draw fell nicely for him with Nicolas Mahut being his third round opponent. He beat the Frenchman in 4 sets to move on, building nicely on his surprise win over Diego Schwartzman in the round prior.
Federer is still to drop a set through three matches this week, most recently defeating Casper Ruud in the third round 6-1 6-3 7-6. He was rarely troubled by the up and comer but would have to save a set point in the third, having blew multiple match points in the tiebreak earlier on. “I enjoyed the match. I thought it was tough, even though I had a good run there for a while. And that also is very important for me to know, that I can run through a set and a half and just take care of business and gives me confidence for the next match,” he said. “The first goal has been reached by getting this deep into the tournament, and knowing where the game’s at, knowing where the fitness is, the mind.”
It was a milestone victory for Federer in round three as he picked up a win in his 400th match at a grand slam. In match 401, he should be also expecting victory against a solid but unspectacular clay player.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets