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Federer reaches 16th straight slam semifinal

Switzerland's world number one Roger Federer has qualified for the semifinals of tennis' French Open in Paris, defeating Chile's Fernando Gonzales.

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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