2014/07/24

Djokovic and Federer Survive and Advance to Gain French Open Quarterfinals

No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer both needed to rally past opponents on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Djokovic needed 4 hours and 18 minutes and five sets to get past Italy’s Andreas Seppi, the 22nd seed, 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. It was the Serbian’s third time winning a match from two sets down. He last performed the feat against Roger Federer in the 2011 US Open semifinals.

Djokovic made 77 unforced errors in winning his 25th consecutive Grand Slam match.

“All the congratulations for his tournament and performance today, “ the Serbian told media. “ I think, you know, he was a better player for first two sets, definitely.  I was very fortunate to come through to this match.  I was fighting.  When I was two sets down, I believed I could win the match, and I think, you know, that’s the only positive I can really pick up from today’s match.

“Well, it’s one of those days where you don’t feel just  nothing is working, you know, really.  My serve was well.  But aside that, I could not get into the rhythm, you know.  I was fighting, and I think because of the fight I won the match.

“I’m not worried.  I’m just hoping that I can wake up tomorrow knowing that I’m in a quarterfinals, and I just want to deliver my best performance in the next challenge, forget this match today, take the best out of it, you know.

“I’m proud that I’ve been fighting and coming back from two sets down.  That’s all I can say now.”

Djokovic added, “I’m in the quarterfinals.  I won the match.  That’s what matters the most.  That’s something that gives me, of course, always motivation to continue on and trying to, as I said, wake up tomorrow, you know, hoping for a better day, you know.

“It was just not a good day.  That’s what’s happen in sports.  You have good days; you have bad days.”

 

Roger Federer needed four sets to get past Belgium’s David Goffin 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. Goffin, the 21-year-old ranked 109th in the world came into the draw as a “Lucky Loser.”  For Goffin who played his childhood tennis idol, it was the first time the Belgian had made the main draw of a Grand Slam event.

“I’ve had an extraordinary week,” the Belgian said. “I went through the quallies with a bit of luck. Then I played my best tennis. I played three great matches. The icing on the cake was to play here with Roger.

“I won’t hide from you that I had photos of Roger everywhere in my room.”

“He’s got great potential in terms of his touch and the way he reads the game,” Federer said. “I thought it was an interesting match.”

The win made it 32 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals for the Swiss 16-time major champion.

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