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Simon pushes Fedex to the limit

sports Updated: Jun 03, 2013 02:04 IST
French Open

Roger Federer overcame a foot-twisting tumble to the clay and a two-sets-to-one deficit in the fourth round of the French Open, coming back to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday.

With 17-time major champion Federer up a set and 3-2 in the second, he fell to the ground while chasing a shot.

That was the start of a stretch in which Federer lost 10 of 13 games, dropping the second and third sets.

But he regrouped, taking seven consecutive games to even the match at two sets apiece and pull ahead 3-0 in the fifth.

Federer reached his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal. He hasn't lost before that stage at a Grand Slam tournament since a third-round exit at Roland Garros in 2004.

Best comeback ever
Tearful Tommy Robredo became the first man in 86 years to come back from two sets to love down in three successive Grand Slam matches to reach the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Robredo clinched a breathtaking 6-7 (5/7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over 11th seeded compatriot Nicolas Almagro and will tackle fellow Spaniard David Ferrer for a semi-final spot.

Henri Cochet at Wimbledon in 1927 was the last man to achieve the feat.

"I was tired and in pain. I thought I had to win the first set or it would be very tough," said Robredo. "But I lost the first set and the pain was crazy. I couldn't hold my racquet for a couple of games."

Robredo, who was down at 471 in the world rankings this time last year after leg surgery forced him onto the sidelines, had also battled back against Igor Sijsling and Gael Monfils before repeating the drama against Almagro.

Robredo, a former world number five, had appeared on his way out, however, when Almagro, with a 5-0 career lead over his compatriot, led by two sets and 4-1 in the third on Sunday.

Tsonga in quarters
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the French Open quarterfinals by beating Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.

The sixth-seeded Frenchman converted four of 11 breakpoints, held every service game, and clinched victory with a clipped volley at the net.

Tsonga is the last Frenchman to reach a Grand Slam final, losing to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2008. He has yet to drop a set in the tournament and has only taken to one tiebreaker so far.

"I'm very happy to win in three sets again - that's fabulous," said Tsonga, who now leads Troicki 4-3.

Tsonga was rarely troubled. He now faces Federer.