Roger came from a set down to beat "Lucky Loser" David Goffin (ATP 109) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the round of the last 16 at the French Open today.
"David has played an extraordinary tournament," Roger said in an interview after the match. "I congratulate him from the bottom of my heart."
"I thought he played really well. Great impression," praised Federer. "He took the ball early every time. Don't hit a very good shot, he can take advantage of that. He's got great potential in terms of his touch and the way he reads the game. I thought it was an interesting match.
"Obviously in some ways I guess it's tough for me coming out not knowing exactly what his favourite patterns are in the game, the way he serves, when he does what. But, no, he impressed me, and I enjoyed the match today."
Roger had a rough start into the match as the youngster played fresh and confident to take the first set. Roger only managed his first break towards the end of the second set, levelling in sets and giving our champ some room. Roger then found his rhythm and was not in any further trouble from there on.
Our Maestro will now either meet Juan Martin del Potro (ATP 9) or Tomas Berdych (ATP 7) in the quarter-finals - the match was suspended this evening as it got to dark to continue the play.
David Goffin after the match:
"It was a very nice day, very nice match, I started very well early in the match. I was playing aggressive, and with my backhand, it was great. But I give all my best during all the match. I was a little bit tired at the end, because I play a lot of match in this tournament, but it's okay. No regrets. I gave all I had."
Roger Federer's presser video
David Goffin's presser video
Roger Federer & David Goffin post-match interview
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Edited by penabaza, 04 June 2012 - 02:46 AM.