Roger Federer suffered a major scare at Wimbledon on Friday, coming within two points of defeat against Frenchman Julien Benneteau. However, after going down two sets to love, the Swiss regained his composure to eventually edge a 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-1 victory.
“It's always one of the best feelings coming back from two sets to love in a Grand Slam, and in particular here at Wimbledon where I have been able to do it before,” Federer said afterwards. “So I have been there, but not with the roof closed.
That made the atmosphere very special out there.” Rafael Nadal had already crashed out of the event the previous day, and it looked for a while as if Federer would join him, but the six-time champion calmed his nerves with some big serves in the fourth set, and ran away with the fifth. He will next face Xavier Malisse.