Tennis great Roger Federer said he forgot that his incredible quarterfinal streak was on the line today in his tough four set win over Mikhail Youzhny 67(5), 63, 63, 63.
“I thought even though I lost the first set it was good tennis,” Federer said afterward. “He didn’t have a break point. I played a good breaker actually. Maybe got a touch unlucky with a net cord against me at 4‑1 that could have gone my way. I turned that into 5‑1, and I don’t think I’d lose a breaker from there. I thought overall we played a good match from start to finish. Good rallies, good atmosphere, it was fun.”
Federer’s win over the Russian earns him a record 29th consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Federer hasn’t missed one since his loss to Gustavo Kuerten in the fourth round of the 2004 French Open.
On Thursday, Federer will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals. Federer has beaten the Frenchman four of five times, only losing in Cincinnati a few summers ago.
Federer is seeking his seventh Wimbledon title and a 17th career Grand Slam overall.
And in the win over the Russian, Federer hit yet another “tweener”. Here it is:
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