Match report

Roger Federer ©
4th round
7/2/12 1 2 3 4 Tot
ch  Roger Federer 7 6 4 6 3
be  Xavier Malisse 6 1 6 3 1
Xavier Malisse ©
  • Federer survives scare, into Wimbledon quarterfinals

    7/3/12 2:47 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Roger Federer is through to the last eight at Wimbledon after knocking out Xavier Malisse in four sets on Monday. Federer, whose back flared up during the match, says he will be fine to face Mikhail Youzhny.

    Three days ago it was Julien Benneteau who had Roger Federer on the ropes. On Monday it was Federer's own back that almost sent the six-time champion tumbling out of Wimbledon.

    Instead, Federer recovered to beat Xavier Malisse 7-6(1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 11 minutes during fourth-round action. The No. 3 seed struck 45 winners to only 18 unforced errors as he set up a quarterfinal meeting with Mikhail Youzhny.

    Federer started moving slowly midway through the opening frame of play and he even resorted to taking a rare medical timeout. Malisse took advantage with a break at 5-5, but he tightened up while serving for the set one game later. Federer broke back easily and then dominated the tiebreaker seven points to one.

    Federer's back seemed to improve the rest of the way, but he struggled to completely control the match even after storming ahead two sets to love. Malisse broke to open the third and never came close to giving away his advantage. The veteran Belgian also scalped his opponent's serve at the beginning of the fourth, making things especially interesting.

    Just in time to prevent another five-setter (which he endured against Benneteau on Friday), Federer woke up and regained the momentum. The third-ranked Swiss quickly broke back for 2-2 and eventually won six of the match's final seven games.

    Federer moves on to his 33rd consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, while Malisse exits the All-England Club after the fourth round for a second straight year.

    "Honestly I'm not too worried," Federer said of his back issue. "I've had bad backs over the years. They go as quick as they come. But of course I have to keep an eye on it. Two good nights' sleeps and I'll be 100 percent on Wednesday. I'm pretty convinced, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to pull out the match the way I did today."

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Nice use of guile and experience today. Fed had to think his way out of this one because the back definitely limited movement to the forehand and serve. Hope he uses acupuncture.

chr18 , 7/3/12 3:41 AM

I didn't see the whole match coz I had to leave for work, but what I saw of it, Fed's struggling with severe back issues. In all the years he's played, i could count on one hand the times he's called for a trainer as opposed to the other top 4 players who're 6 years younger than Fed. People refer Rog as the old man, well, I guess that's correct, he is old, coz back problems are associated with age.

scoretracker , 7/3/12 4:01 AM

Fed was not moving well...there was hardly any power behind his shots in the rallies.I think Malisse played a very bad match comaoring to Fed's health..Fed would hav been sent home had Malisse consolidated his chances.

Come on.Do it Fed.

tomnjerry2 , 7/3/12 6:18 AM

Fed would have been long gone in this tourny had his opponents were not handpicked!

phoenix , 7/3/12 9:24 AM

^^^ ur stmt make me laugh.. shows your frustration more than anything else... Don't worry... with his kind of play, Nole would take care of Fed in this form....

RMadhu , 7/3/12 10:58 AM

well Djokovic has had walking byes, too. So did Nadal - only one of his just somehow had once-in-five-lifetimes day.

RickyDimon , 7/3/12 12:58 PM

I'm no Federer/Nadal/Djokovic fan. But I love how Federer haters talks about his easy draw and no one mention the joke-draw Djokovic also has.

Like I use to say. Way too much fanaticism on this forums.. there's onlye a FEW people on here that can have an impartial point of view.

Emiliano55 , 7/3/12 7:27 PM

@Emiliano55, agree with you on djokovic draw. He's had the most cushy draws over the past 12 months, for most of the GS. His draw is so easy with no one to trouble him, except maybe in the SF, if he meets Fed. However, it's not something his fans like to hear. Watch them start foaming and throwing around everything including the Perrier bench.

scoretracker , 7/3/12 7:51 PM

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