Roger Federer loses cool in flawed victory

Novak Djokovic 'Roger Federer playing Madrid makes competition stronger'

"You don't win matches every day saving match points and it makes you feel good, but it is more relief I feel right now".

Thiem opened a 6-4 advantage He trailed 3-0) when the roller coaster started to spin, with Roger wasting two match points at 8-7, and 10-9 and fending off five set points to stay locked up at 11-11 until Dominic blasted a return victor to close the breaker 13-11 and set a decider.

Federer bageled Monfils 6-0 in the first set, lost his momentum in the second, and looked like he was down and nearly out in the third.

Back on clay and back winning matches, Roger Federer has reached yet another landmark: a 1,200th career victory more than two decades after his first professional win. "Thank you for the support", the Croatian said on Twitter.

After his historic win, Federer discussed the achievment and dealt with questions regarding his return to playing on a clay surface- generally regarded as the surface he is weakest on.

Federer caught Monfils napping for the opening 20 minutes of the match and could have completed a quick-fire match win had the entertaining Frenchman not awoken from his slumber.

Federer's fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, champion at Roland Garros in 2015, continued to produce some vintage form as he beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-6 (3).

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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, second-seeded Rafael Nadal and defending champion Alexander Zverev also advanced to the last eight on Thursday.

Federer, who looked frustrated at times, recovered after being down 0-3 and 1-4 in the third set.

In the women's quarterfinals, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Belinda Bencic, falling to the Swiss for the second time this season. Against Gael Monfils yesterday Federer was in real trouble having to save match points and come up with outstanding play simply to keep him in the tournament.

The Swiss figure made quite the statement previous year, winning the Australian Open - his 20th major title.

Nadal stayed in contention for his sixth Madrid title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Frances Tiafoe.

World number one Djokovic was untroubled as he beat Jeremy Chardy 6-1 7-6 (2) to set up a clash against Marin Cilic after the Croatian battled past Serbian Laslo Djere 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Alexander Zverev in the battle of the young guns before five-time victor Rafael Nadal faces Stan Wawrinka in the remaining quarter-final line-up.

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