Federer fights back, but is this Murray’s year?

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
Two of the four top seeds have already crashed out of the French Open

Two of the top four seeds have already crashed out of the French Open

Roger Federer staged an epic comeback at the French Open defeating Tommy Haas from two sets down, 6-7 (4-7) 5-7 6-4 6-0 6-2, in round four of Roland Garros.

The number two seed is only the second ‘top four’ player to make it through to the quarter-finals in Paris after Rafa Nadal was beaten yesterday by Robin Soderling. Novak Djokovic also suffered a shock defeat against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

British number one, Andy Murray, is the only other of the ‘top four’ to make it past round four in Paris – the furthest he has ever got at Roland Garros in his career.

The 22-year-old Scot will be hoping to reach another milestone and make it through to the semi-finals by beating Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals.

In 2008, Murray became the first Brit to reach the final of a Grand Slam since Greg Rusedski when he lost to Roger Federer in the final of the US Open in New York.

In past seasons, clay has not been Murray’s favourite surface, but the world number three has been in sublime form thus far in 2009.

And with two title rivals already out in Djokovic and Nadal, this could be Murray’s best ever shot at winning the title in Paris.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer will be feeling that this is his year with arch-rival Rafa Nadal already having crashed out.

Federer has never won the French Open, and will be keener than ever to add it to his remarkable collection of titles.

The Swiss 27-year-old will play either Andy Roddick or Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals in Paris.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Sturridge

BIOGRAPHY: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Cincinnati Masters preview
The Sport Review
Cincinnati Masters preview: Federer’s Cincy magic, Djokovic’s Master plan, Murray’s return, surge of young guns
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Willian sends a clear Chelsea FC warning to Arsenal
The Sport Review
BBC pundit raves about ‘breathtaking’ Liverpool FC
The Sport Review
Cesar Azpilicueta issues Chelsea FC warning ahead of Arsenal clash