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Roger Federer Will Set a French Open All-Time Wins Record in Tourney Run

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his Men's Singles match against Somdev Devvarman of India during day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMay 31, 2013

Roger Federer needs just three more wins at the French Open to be Roland Garros' all-time leader, and he is going to get them. 

Federer's walk-in-the-park, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Somdev Devvarman in the second round on Wednesday pushed the 17-time slam winner to 56 wins in the French Open. That pushed him past Budge Patty to sit in third behind co-record holders Guillermo Vilas and Nicola Pietrangeli. That pair each has 58. 

They aren't going to be the record holders for long.

Federer has barely broken a sweat in his two matches in this tournament. He's lost just 11 games in his consecutive straight-set victories. 

The competition thus far has been lacking, however. Both his wins came over players ranked outside the top 150.

Still, the fact remains, Federer is on his game. He's already hit 87 winners and 13 aces—with all the stats coming to us via RolandGarros.com.

He's been at 62 percent or above in first serves for both matches, and he's moving wonderfully. While I'm not convinced he has enough to take down Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, he isn't going out of this tournament within the the next three rounds—even though his competition is about to get a lot fiercer. 

Next up for Fed is 30th-seeded Julien Benneteau. He will pose a few problems for Federer. For starters, he hails from France, so he will have the crowd behind him. More importantly, he's had success against Federer. He's beaten him once this year, and he was just two points away from upsetting him at Wimbledon last year. 

However, Benneteau has not been at his best in this tournament. He's already played nine sets and had three tiebreakers in those sets. He will not be able to handle Roger. 

Next up would be the winner of the match between Gilles Simon (15) and Sam Querrey (18).

Federer has won the last three times he's played Simon. They met in Rome, which is also on clay, earlier this year, and Federer only lost three games to the Frenchman.

Federer and Querrey have not met since the French Open in 2008, and Federer cruised 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. He also won, on hard court, the only other time the two met. So I'm going to go ahead and pencil Federer in for tying the record with a win over one of these two. 

The highest-seeded player Federer could meet in the quarterfinals is yet another Frenchman in No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Federer beat Tsonga earlier this year at the Australian Open. However, it did take him five tough sets to do so. Tsonga, though, has beaten Federer just three times in their 12 meetings.

Federer has won the last five times these two have met, and he's won their only meeting on clay. 

The point is, Federer will not be losing before the semifinals. No matter what happens after that, he will leave Roland Garros this year as its all-time winningest player.

Of course, he better enjoy that while it lasts, Nadal is at 53 and counting...fast.

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