Playing his milestone 80th Major event at Roland Garros, Roger Federer advanced to the fourth round for the 15th time in Paris. Entering only the third ATP event after the last year's Australian Open and a knee injury that required two surgeries, Roger defeated three rivals to find himself in the last 16 in Paris.
The Swiss had a tough battle against Dominik Koepfer that lasted for over three and a half hours, beating the German before deciding to withdraw and keep energy for the upcoming grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon. Thus, Roger has extended his record of at least one Major last 16 appearance in a season, achieving that for the 22nd consecutive year to stand miles in front of his closest rivals!
Since 2000, when he played in the fourth round at a Major for the first time at 18, Roger has been one of the most consistent players at the most notable scene, winning 20 titles and the most matches. Despite problems with injuries in a couple of seasons, Roger has never missed a chance to score at least three wins at a single Major for 22 consecutive years, standing four years ahead of Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors, who are both at 18.
Rafael Nadal stands on 17 straight seasons with the last 16 appearance at a Major, followed by Novak Djokovic, who is on 16.
Roger Federer has played in a Major last 16 in every year since 2000.
Roger kicked off the Parisian campaign with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Denis Istomin in an hour and 33 minutes.
Playing sharp and aggressive tennis, the Swiss lost 13 points behind the initial shot and kept the pressure on the other side to control the scoreboard. Federer converted five out of 13 break opportunities and raced over the finish line for one of his quickest Roland Garros wins.
In the second round, Roger beat his old rival Marin Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 35 minutes for a place in the third round. Federer earned the tenth victory over Cilic from 11 encounters and the fifth in a row, firing 16 aces and suffering three breaks from eight chances offered to Marin while converting five opportunities on the return.
In the third match, Federer battled past Dominik Koepfer 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 in three hours and 35 minutes, moving over the top with a late break in the fourth set in his biggest test since the last year's Australian Open.
Withdrawing from Roland Garros after this marathon, Roger will try to play on a high level again at Wimbledon and chase the ninth trophy at the All England Club.