Fed­erer out­lasts Mon­fils in Madrid

The Sudbury Star - - SPORTS -

Roger Fed­erer had to save two match points be­fore reach­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Madrid Open with a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) win over a gritty Gael Mon­fils on Thurs­day. In only his sec­ond match on clay since 2016, Fed­erer ral­lied from three games down late in the third set and then dom­i­nated the de­cid­ing tiebreaker to out­last Mon­fils in a match of more than two hours at the Magic Box cen­tre court. It was the 1,200th ca­reer win for Fed­erer, al­low­ing him to join Jimmy Con­nors as the only players to have reached the mile­stone in the Open Era. Fed­erer will next face fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who de­feated Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5. Ear­lier, top-ranked No­vak Djokovic reached the fi­nal eight by beat­ing Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6 (2).

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