Madrid Open: Federer advances to quarter-final after 1200th career win

first_img Associated Press MadridMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 23:46 IST Roger Federer reached the quarter-final of Madrid Open after edging past Gael Monfils in three sets (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer defeated Gael Monfils 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in the pre-quarterfinalsFederer became only the 2nd player in Open Era to win 1200 career matchesFederer will face 5th seed Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finalRoger Federer had to save two match points before reaching the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open with a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) win over a gritty Gael Monfils on Thursday.In only his second match on clay since 2016, Federer rallied from three games down late in the third set and then dominated the deciding tiebreaker to outlast Monfils in a match of more than two hours at the Magic Box center court.It was the 1,200th career win for Federer, allowing him to join Jimmy Connors as the only players to have reached the milestone in the Open Era.The fourth-seeded Federer had eased past Richard Gasquet in his first match in Madrid and looked set for another comfortable win after routing Monfils in less than 20 minutes in the opening set. But the Swiss lost five straight games to fall behind the 18th-ranked Frenchman who was seeking his second title of the season.Yet ANOTHER milestone for @rogerfederer…Electric atmosphere on Manolo Santana as Federer wins his 1200th match TV (@TennisTV) May 9, 2019Federer recovered by breaking Monfils at 2-4 in the third set, and then saved the two match points in a long game when trailing 5-6. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was back in control in the tiebreaker, winning six of the first seven points.Federer will next face fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who defeated Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5.Federer skipped the clay swing the last two years to remain fit for the rest of the season. The Madrid Open is his first clay tournament as he prepares to return to the French Open after a three-year absence. He has already won two hard-court titles this season, in Dubai and Miami, and is seeking his third Madrid trophy, and first since 2012.advertisementDjokovic reaches quarter-final after beating Jeremy ChardyEarlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic reached the final eight by beating Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6 (2). It was his 13th consecutive win over Chardy, all in straight sets.Djokovic will next face Marin Cilic, who came from behind to beat Laslo Djere 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.Djokovic is seeking his second title of the season, and third in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.Also Read | I’m in a really good place right now: Naomi Osaka on reaching Madrid Open quartersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Roger FedererFollow Madrid OpenFollow Dominic ThiemFollow Gael Monfils Madrid Open: Federer advances to quarter-final after 1200th career winRoger Federer, playing only his 2nd match on clay since 2016, saved match points and defeated Gael Monfils to reach the Madrid Open Masters 1000 quarter-finals on Thursday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more