THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Federer Into 33rd Straight Major QF; Records 850th Match Win
by ATP Staff|
Third seed and six-time former Wimbledon champion Roger Federer booked a spot in his 33rd straight Grand Slam championship quarter-final on Monday at The Championships, when he defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6(1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 for the 850th match win of his career (850-192 overall).
Federer improved to 10-1 lifetime against 31-year-old Malisse, who reached the 2002 semi-finals (l. to Nalbandian), in a rain-interrupted encounter on Centre Court that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
Malisse served for the first set at 5-4, but was broken to 15, before Federer established his dominance in the tie-break. The pair then returned to the locker room for 40 minutes due to a light drizzle. Federer lost just 14 points in the 24-minute second set, before Malisse regained his composure to convert one of four break point opportunities to clinch the third set. Federer hit 13 of his total 45 winners in the fourth set. He won 34 of his 39 points at the net.
"I was happy they kept it [the roof] open because it is an outdoor tournament at the end of they day," said Federer. "We don't want to play indoors all the time. It's not that big of a deal coming on and off. I know spectators would rather see a match than sitting in the rain. To see the Referee [Andrew Jarrett] coming out and inspecting the courts, that's the whole drama that belongs to Wimbledon. Eventually, if it's too bad and it's really raining, this is when you shut it. "
"There's just this drizzle the whole time. You figure at any minute we could come off. Sometimes you're stressing out because you want to stretch the lead; sometimes you hope it rains so you can come off. So it also plays some tricks on you mentally."
Later in the day, Mikhail Youzhny, the No. 26 seed, reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final on his 12th appearance at the All England Club.
The 30-year-old Russian, who had fallen in the fourth round on six previous occasions, recorded a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 victory over Uzbekistani Denis Istomin in four hours and 16 minutes.
“It was a really tough match for me against Denis, because he played really well,” said Youzhny. “He played consistently, I think, all five sets and he served well. So for me, it was very, very tough match.”
Youzhny improved to 17-10 in fifth-set matches, after he hit 12 aces and 51 winners. Istomin committed 35 unforced errors and could only convert three of his 14 break point opportunities.