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Federer survives French fright to reach last 16

Latest update : 2012-06-29

Six-time champion Roger Federer came close to a stunning upset, finding himself two points from defeat on six occasions, before overpowering his French rival Julien Benneteau in the third round 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-1.

REUTERS - Roger Federer overcame a two-set deficit Friday at Wimbledon to avoid his earliest Grand Slam exit since 2004.

The six-time champion found himself two points from defeat on six occasions but survived a tense fourth-set tiebreaker and beat Julien Benneteau in the third round, 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Federer also erased a two-set deficit to beat Juan Martin del Potro in this month’s quarterfinals of the French Open. He has mounted eight comebacks from down 0-2 in his career.

Federer avoided the fate that befell rival Rafael Nadal 24 hours earlier on the same Centre Court. Nadal, a two-time champion, made his quickest exit from a major since 2005 when No. 100-ranked Lukas Rosol beat him in five sets Thursday.
 

Date created : 2012-06-29

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