Federer through in straight sets


Tennis:Roger Federer came through a mid-match wobble to wrap up a straight-sets win over Stanislas Wawrinka and move into the French Open quarter-finals today.

Defending champion Federer made his most convincing start of the tournament so far but also went close to dropping a set for the first time before sealing a 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory in one hour and 56 minutes on a windy Philippe Chatrier Court.

Federer had made slow starts in his opening three matches but was quickly into his stride, breaking his good friend in games three and nine to wrap up the first set.

Game eight even saw him unleash a winner with his now famous squash shot.

Wawrinka, who lost his fourth match in five meetings with Federer at this month's Madrid Masters, was in no mood to buckle.

He broke the top seed to 15 in the first game of the second set and impressively held his next three service games.

But a fourth hold proved beyond him, the 20th seed going long with a forehand before netting to hand Federer the break back.

A tie-break ensued, which saw Wawrinka twice lead by a mini-break and twice surrender the initiative.

Another lapse gave Federer set point and he made no mistake, prompting Wawrinka to repeatedly smash his racquet in frustration.

Any hope of a comeback was quickly extinguished when the top seed broke in games three and five of the third set before serving it out.