ATP Roland Garros: Roger Federer storms over Leonardo Mayer to reach QF

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ATP Roland Garros: Roger Federer storms over Leonardo Mayer to reach QF

World no. 3 and 2009 Roland Garros champion Roger Federer is through to the 12th quarter-final in Paris after a dominant 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Leonardo Mayer. The match lasted only an hour and 42 minutes and the Swiss had the upper hand from start to finish, dropping 15 points behind the initial shot and mounting the pressure on his opponent who failed to deliver the same numbers in his service games.

Mayer lost almost half of the points behind the serve, facing ten break chances and getting broken five times to propel Roger into the last eight for the 54th time at Majors, reaching the first here in Paris 18 years ago!

Federer finished the match with 30 winners and 19 unforced errors, leaving Mayer on a 17-31 ratio and standing strong from start to finish to book his place in the last eight here as the third-oldest player in the Open era after Pancho Gonzales and Istvan Gulyas, almost 50 years ago.

Settling into a nice rhythm, Federer lost five points on serve in the opening set, controlling his shots nicely and imposing strokes that were too much to handle for the Argentine. The Swiss broke the rival in games one and five, sailing through his service games to seal the opener 6-2 in 35 minutes.

Nothing changed in set number two as well, with Mayer stealing four return points and suffering breaks in games one and nine to push Roger two sets to love up after swift 65 minutes. In the third set, Leonardo repelled four break points in the fourth game to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard at least for a couple of minutes before Roger broke in game six with a forehand winner to move 4-2 up.

Serving for the triumph at 5-3, Federer held at love to seal the deal in style and move into the last eight, playing some mighty impressive tennis after skipping the previous three editions of Roland Garros and looking good to fight for the second crown here.