Switzerland's world number one Roger Federer has qualified for the semifinals of tennis' French Open in Paris, defeating Chile's Fernando Gonzales.This content was published on June 4, 2008 - 18:52
The Swiss player lost three of his first four service games and the first set on Wednesday, causing a stir among fans but was only briefly delayed in his progress to the next round.
The top-ranked Federer rallied to defeat Gonzalez 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the final four at his 16th consecutive Grand Slam event.
"I was really under pressure in the first set," the Swiss star admitted afterwards. "I felt uncomfortable. I was missing a lot of shots, and he defended well. ... After that it was a good match."
Federer lost the first set in 25 minutes but wasn't broken after that. He won 36 of his final 40 service points, including the last 17 in a row.
Federer will face unseeded Gael Monfils in his next match. The Frenchman beat the Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer in four sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-6, 6-1.
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