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Bidding for his second Grand Slam title on clay, World No. 3 Roger Federer has had his share of glory at Roland Garros in 2009, when he did not have to face Rafael Nadal in the final. Certainly, passed his prime, Roger Federer is still a defiant contender to beat on tour and he has proved over a period of time that he is still better than all the players in Top 10 – except Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Well, the Swiss will take on French contender Nicolas Mahut in his third-round encounter to secure his berth in the last sixteen of the 2012 French Open.
Federer had a straight sets victory in the opening encounter against Kamke, but then he faced a stiff opponent in the form of Ungur in the second-round. Federer was pushed to four sets by Ungur but the Swiss brought forth all this experience into play to earn a hard-fought victory in the end. Undoubtedly, Federer takes one step at a time and religiously follow his daily routine, which allows him to adapt to the different surfaces – with the utmost ease. Federer has a stellar 31-4 win-loss record this season and has won four titles so far in 2011 including ATP Masters title in Madrid on blue clay. Federer still has it to win a couple of Grand Slams and it would be interesting to see, how he would fare against the home favourite Mahut, who is bound to get all the crowd support.
Federer’s opponent is thirty years old Mahut, who turned professional in 2000, but he is still chasing his maiden title on tour. The Frenchman has a poor 8-8 win-loss record this season, which says a lot about his dwindling form. Though, he is not featured in the Top 50 in the ATP Rankings, at the moment, the Frenchman has already gained immense popularity by playing the longest match in the history of tennis in 2010 Wimbledon against lanky American John Isner.
In head-to-head, Federer apparently leads with 3-0. Last time they took on each other earlier this year in Rotterdam, where the Swiss topped Mahut in straight sets. Mahut can give his best shot against the Swiss virtuoso.
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