Match report

Roger Federer ©
French Open
3rd round
6/1/12 1 2 3 4 Tot
ch  Roger Federer 6 4 6 7 3
fr  Nicolas Mahut 3 6 2 5 1
Nicolas Mahut ©
  • Federer beats Mahut in four, into French Open fourth round

    6/1/12 8:12 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Roger Federer survives Nicolas Mahut late in the fourth set on Friday at Roland Garros. Federer moves on to an unexpected fourth-round clash against David Goffin.

    Nicolas Mahut made it surprisingly tough on Roger Federer, but Federer still prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round of the French Open on Friday evening.

    The 2009 Roland Garros champion started off comfortably enough, dropping a mere three points in five service games during the first set. One break at 3-2 was easily enough for Federer to seize a quick advantage.

    Mahut had only a single main-draw win on his entire French Open resume prior to this year, so he was not about to bow out of one of the biggest stages of his career without a fight. The 30-year-old Frenchman raised his level and held serve throughout the entire second set en route to a 5-4 lead. Out of nowhere, Mahut broke with a blistering backhand return to level the match.

    Federer regained control without too much trouble in set three. The third-ranked Swiss broke early and never came close to giving it back. For good measure he added another break at 5-3, closing it out in style.

    Mahut continued to battle even though the finish line was inevitably close. He saw a break chance at 3-3 but could not convert on a backhand pass attempt. Despite getting broken at 3-4, Mahut broke right back in improbable fashion to keep his faint hopes alive. At long last, Federer finally finished off the underdog with a break at 5-5 followed by a routine hold.

    "He hasn't won that many matches here over the years in Paris," Federer said of Mahut, adding that he was "kind of" surprised about his opponent's play. "He played well. He took his chances bigtime. It made him dangerous."

    Federer finished with a clean 61 winners and 25 unforced errors while striking seven aces against three double-faults. Next up for the No. 3 seed is lucky loser David Goffin, who took out Lukasz Kubot 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-1.

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both Federer and Djokovic have had an easy path so far r no tough opponents to test them. Fed has Goffin in next round and Djokovic has Seppi The Italian had a long 5 setter with verdasco so he must be tired and the way he lost to Federer at rome doesnt look good for Seppi in the 4th round . Djokovic even has a easy Qf he will face the winner of Wawrinka/ tsonga match but Federer will be tested in the Qf by Del potro or Berdych.

tennis2011 , 6/1/12 9:53 PM

Seppi will not be tired. His match against Fer was not long by five-set standards.

Of course, how Seppi feels is irrelevant against Djokovic. He simply does not have any weapons with which to hurt the world No. 1.

RickyDimon , 6/1/12 10:08 PM

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