Federer outlasts Monfils in Madrid
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).