French Open 2013: Roger Federer thrilled with ‘unbelievable’ run
French Open 2013: Roger Federer describes his feat of reaching 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals as "unbelievable"
Roger Federer has described his feat of reaching 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals as “unbelievable” after beating Gilles Simon at the French Open on Sunday.
The 31-year-old second seed battled to a 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-2 6-3 victory over home favourite Simon to set up a last-eight match against another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Federer, who was two sets behind against Simon before a rousing comeback, secured his 900th career win as he bids to win his 18th Major – and second French Open title.
When asked about his quarter-final run in Grand Slams, Federer replied: “This is a record I look back on when I’m not playing anymore, and go like, that was incredible that I was able to achieve it.
“Because this isn’t just a one‑week thing or one‑year thing. This is such a long period of time that I had to fight through matches like this one.
“The number is unbelievable. I probably would have been happy with one at one point in my career, when I was younger and eventually you raise the bar and say, Okay, hopefully I can reach my first semi-finals, like in 2003 at Wimbledon.
“I went on to win the tournament, and the rest we know. It’s been an amazing run, and I’m happy I’m still on it.”
Federer and Tsonga have never met at Roland Garros before but the former world number one has beaten his French opponent in nine of their 12 meetings.