French Open: Federer Breezes Into Quarterfinals

roger_federerWhile most of the buzz at the French Open is focused on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, former world No.1 Roger Federer is quietly moving towards another Grand Slam title.

The Swiss ace, seeded third at Roland Garros this year, advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for a record 28th consecutive time, beating compatriot and doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Federer, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament, dominated the whole match except at the start of the third set, when Wawrinka broke the 16-time Grand Slam champion’s serve. Federer restored order in the seventh game with a break before pushing Wawrinka to the brink with another break in the ninth game.

Meanwhile, Djokovic shrugged off a short rest to improve to 41-0 in 2011 after another impressive victory, this time against local hero and 13th seed Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. The second-ranked Djokovic will face unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals.