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Federer Defeats Goffin For QF Berth

Paris, France

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer reached his 32nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

World No. 3 Roger Federer was tested early in his fourth-round meeting with lucky loser David Goffin Sunday at Roland Garros, eventually defeating the Belgian 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.

"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."

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Federer is through to his record 32nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and with Sunday’s victory, tied Andre Agassi for second place overall with 36 final eight showings. He is bidding to win his first Grand Slam title since lifting his 16th major trophy at the 2010 Australian Open.

Against Goffin, who idolised the Swiss as a child, Federer fired 12 aces and won 82 per cent of his first serve points to advance in two hours and 54 minutes. The 2009 champion awaits the winner of seventh seed Tomas Berdych and No. 9 seed Juan Martin del Potro. Their match was suspended due to darkness with del Potro leading 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-3.

Goffin, who was making his Grand Slam debut in Paris, was just the eighth lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open Era, and first since countryman Dick Norman advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1995.

"It was a very nice day, very nice match," said Goffin. "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."

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