Photo: Paul ZimmerTommy Robredo (ESP)
PARIS, FRANCE: It was an historic day for men's tennis on the second Sunday at Roland Garros as Tommy Robredo became the first player to come back from two-sets-to-love down in three consecutive matches in the Open Era.
Not to be outdone, No. 2 seed Roger Federer made his own piece of history by becoming just the fourth man to win 900 Tour-level matches with a comeback of his own against Gilles Simon.
For Robredo, the No. 32 seed, it has been an emotional rollercoaster and it was plain for all to see how he was feeling after he sealed his place in the record books with a 67(5) 36 64 64 64 victory over compatriot Nicolas Almagro.
He is now just the second man in history to record three consecutive comebacks from 0-2 down. Henri Cochet was the only player to have acheived such a feat, doing so at 1927 Wimbledon, prior to Robredo's sensational run at this year's French Open.
Swiss maestro Federer looked in trouble when he was two-sets-to-one down against Simon but the 17-time major winner bounced back to win 61 46 26 62 63 and in so doing won his 900th Tour match. The only other players to have reached that milestone are Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Guillermo Vilas.
It was plainer sailing for French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who booked a meeting with Federer in the last eight after defeating Serbia's Viktor Troicki 63 63 63. In the other men's singles match on Sunday, David Ferrer maintained his steady progress with a 63 61 61 win over Kevin Anderson.
In the women's singles, Svetlana Kuznetsova showed No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber why she is a former French Open champion with a 64 46 63 to set up a quarterfinal encounter against No. 1 seed Serena Williams, who herself won comfortably against Roberta Vinci 61 63.
Sara Errani, last year's Roland Garros runner-up, maintained her course with a 57 64 63 victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro and will now play Agnieszka Radwanska in the last eight after the Pole took out former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 62 64.
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