Seeded No. 17 in the tournament has first taken 27 minutes in the second set to get back to 1 set everywhere before confirming his qualification in three sets, 4/6, 6/0, 6/3 1h 48. The next round seems to be tighter as he will face Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, No. 3 worldwide.
Soon dad of new twins, Roger Federer, Swiss of South African mother, also qualified for the knockout stages. He led after two tiebreaks Russian Dmitry Tursunov, 7/6 [9-7], 7/6 [7-2]. Federer will face German Tommy Haas for a place in the quarters.
Gael Monfils will not have the opportunity to negotiate a ticket to the quarterfinals. The French had lost to Italian Fabio Fogninin, 6/2, 3/6, 7/5.