Roger Federer Captures 900th Win
Second seed Roger Federer overcame a one-set deficit to beat Gilles Simon, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, for his 900th tour-level match win and a quarterfinal clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinal round of the French Open.
"I knew 900 was on the line," said Federer. "I'm just happy I have been able to win a lot of matches throughout my career, giving myself an opportunity over and over again. I love this game."
With the win, Federer became the fourth player in the Open Era to reach the 900-win milestone, joining Jimmy Connors (1,243), Ivan Lendl (1,071) and Guillermo Vilas (924).
Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, also won a record-tying 58th match at Roland Garros and reached his 36th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 31-year-old Federer has a 9-3 edge over Tsonga in their head-to-head showdown. He has won their past five meetings, but lost to the Frenchman in the 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Earlier, Tsonga defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to make it the quarterfinal round for the second year in a row. The 28-year-old Tsonga is attempting to become the first French male champion at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah in 1983.
Meanwhile, fourth seed David Ferrer arranged an all-Spanish quarterfinal clash with Tommy Robredo after ousting 23rd seed Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, in just one hour and 45 minutes.
The 31-year-old Robredo became the first man since 1927 to come back from two sets down for the third successive match in a Grand Slam event when he defeated 11th-seeded countryman Nicolas Almagro, 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
"I played a player who is incredible on clay," said Robredo. "I'm not thinking about history. History is this match I played today. It's not the score that counts."
On the women's side, Serena Williams extended her winning streak to 28 matches after beating Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 6-3 to make it to the quarterfinal round.
Williams' 28-match winning streak is the third-longest of the millennium, trailing only Venus Williams' 35 in a row from 2000 and Justine Henin's 32 in a row across the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Next up for Williams is Svetlana Kuznetsova, who upset No.8 seed Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Williams leads Kuznetsova in their head-to-head, 6-2, but the latter won their only French Open meeting in 2009.
Meanwhile, Sara Errani overcame injury and an inspired Carla Suarez Navarro for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win.
In the quarterfinal, Errani will take on fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat 14th seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-2,6-4.
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