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The 16-time Grand Slam champion has now shown his best tennis thus far. Federer has quietly cruised back to the quarterfinals, but he could have trouble in the second week.
Federer has been pushed in the first week. After all, the Swiss legend has been taken to four sets in his matches against Adrian Ungur, Nicolas Mahut and David Goffin. Federer's made his fair share of errors in his opening matches.
Do not worry just yet, Federer fans. In the beginning of Grand Slams, Federer usually doesn't play his best tennis. Perhaps he's just smart in saving his energy for this upcoming week.
However, the 2009 French Open champion must play his best tennis from here on out. The competition only gets tougher. Perhaps he was lucky with how his draw unfolded in the early rounds, but all of the opponents will be difficult moving forward.
In the next round, Federer will either see Tomas Berdych or Juan Martin Del Potro. Both players absolutely crack the ball, and they have each defeated Roger in Grand Slams. Del Potro got the better of him in a US Open final, while Berdych has defeated the Swiss at Wimbledon.
Both players are obviously tough outs in any Grand Slam. They are not afraid of the big moment and playing on Philippe Chatrier.
The one advantage for Federer is that Del Potro or Berdych may not be heavily rested due to playing their match for two straight days. Their match started late on Sunday, and it's a match that could see a lot of tiebreakers.