Roger Federer Reaches 28 Straight Grand Slam Quarterfinals [Video]
by Tom Gainey | May 29th, 2011, 3:09 pm
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Roger Federer set another record today by reaching his 28th straight Grand Slam final. Federer broke the tie he had with Jimmy Connors at 27 after easily defeating his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka 63, 62, 75 this afternoon in the French Open fourth round.

“He showed all his qualities in the third set and was a bit unlucky,” said Federer. “I am super happy because I knew after he beat Tsonga, when he really dominated in the last two sets, what the danger was.”

Through his first matches Federer has yet to drop a set. Next for the former No. 1 is the winner of the ongoing Gael Monfils vs. David Ferrer which is in the third set.

If the two player do not finish tonight they will resume tomorrow with the winner playing a third straight day against Federer on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

In the video, Federer sits down with former WTA star Barbara Schett and tennis legend Mats Wilander.


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13 Comments for Roger Federer Reaches 28 Straight Grand Slam Quarterfinals [Video]

Miki Says:

The text says “by reaching his 28th straight Grand Slam FINAL”. Now wouldn’t that be great :)


Eric Says:

Federer really did lucky in the third set to avoid a TB; he got a ridiculous net cord that not only fell onto Wawa’s side, but sort of rolled off right onto the line and didn’t really bounce. And then Stan flubbed what would have been an amazing volley on the following point; I think Roger probably winced a bit for his friend, but, hey, you can’t have mercy…


Kimmi Says:

Good luck in the qtrs roger.


mat4 Says:

@Eric: But let’s say he deserved it. Roger played well, and I have the impression that he worked on his serving again lately.

I am sorry for Stan W. He has the means to beat almost anyone, and he is an intelligent and balanced person. Not so long ago, I read an interview with in the swiss press, and discovered a man with character and a deep sense of discretion (the best I can write in English).


Eric Says:

Sure, I did not mean to say that Roger didn’t deserve the break (or the set, which he would have won in the tiebreaker anyway). But the way it happened must have been really frustrating for Wawrinka – to be so close to at least getting a tiebreaker, only to have a run of ill luck.


rave Says:

Seems to me the joker has been getting a lot of lucky net cords lately.


Patty Says:

Rogr looks relaxed and happy with where his game is at and I hope he makes the finals.


skeezerweezer Says:

Does 28 straight qtr finals in GS mean 7 STRAIGHT YEARS getting to the qtrs of Slams?

RE; Wawa. He can be a force. This is the 3rd or 4th match I have seen between them, and you can tell from Wawa’s body langauage he does not enjoy losing to Fed in the least ( smashed rackets, flyin balls out of frustration, yelling, etc )even though there from the same country. Wawa is a warrior, and I hope he can get some wins on the tour.

RE; Fed interview….it’s nice to see him enjoying tennis. He truly enjoys just playing…and if the wins come they come. He is very serious about wanting to compete well into his 30′s. I admire hi slong term goal for a long career. Stay healthy Fed. Me thinks he will be around for awhile. Go Fed!


andrea Says:

congrats roger. i hope you make it to semis and play djokovic and play a classic.


Kimmi Says:

@rave, i agree with you. djokovic has been very lucky with net cords. what comes to mind is the two matches against rafa in madrid and rome..there was some really lucky net cords there..

As they say, fortune favors the brave..


Andres Says:

Good comment by Wilander about how the weather makes very unpredictable how fast the court will play. For Federer i think the faster the better, he even acknowledge that it had an influence on last years lost against Soderling. So i hope it will remain sunny on Paris all week long


dave Says:

It’s debatable to state that Jimmy Connors held the previous record of 27 consecutive grand slam quarterfinals in the open era. In truth, Connors never achieved more than 3 consecutive major quarterfinals during that stretch of 27 majors (where he missed 8 Australian Opens and 5 French Opens). That’s why Connors took 11 years (1974 and 1983) to compile his ‘record’ of 27 consecutive majors while Federer needed only 8 years (2004 to 2011) to compile his 28 consecutive major quarterfinals.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Connors#Singles_performance_timeline

After Federer, the next best are really Ivan Lendl at 14 consecutive quarterfinals, then Pete Sampras at 10 consecutive quarterfinals.

As one writer observed: “(this makes) Federer’s legacy all the more durable — and probably unbeatable.”


jamie Says:

RG final will be either:

Nole against Soderling

OR

Nole against Murray

Book it.

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/28/rgwinner2011djokovic.jpg

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