PARIS -- Roger Federer prepared for a long day on court,
even though it's been quite a while since he's had one at a Grand
"I've got enough shirts for five-set matches in the bag," he
said. "I only used one today, which was good."
Federer tied the Grand Slam record for most consecutive sets
won, taking his streak to 35 by beating No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny of
Russia 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to reach the French Open
The No. 1-ranked Federer matched another Open era mark with 11
straight-set Grand Slam victories in a row. John McEnroe set both
records in 1984, during Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Federer wasn't aware of his accomplishment until asked about it
after the match.
"It is something which is quite special, I would say," he
said. "But I'm focused on Roland Garros and I want to win my
matches. And if I can win in three sets, so much the better -- but
I'm not looking for these types of records."
He hasn't lost a set at a major tournament since dropping the
second set of last year's U.S. Open final against Andy Roddick.
Federer won the next two sets that day to win that title, then
won all seven of his matches at the Australian Open in January in
straight sets -- becoming the first man to win a Grand Slam
championship without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg at the 1980
Sunday's result also extended Federer's dominance over Youzhny.
Federer improved to 10-0 against the Russian, winning 22 of the 24
sets they've played.
"We both can do almost everything on court. But he [does
almost] everything better than me," said Youzhny, a semifinalist
at the 2006 U.S. Open. "Maybe, maybe, I will have a chance. Maybe.
Maybe no. You never know what happens in the future."
Youzhny did have more success on Federer's serve than the Swiss
star's three previous opponents in this tournament.
Entering Sunday, Federer had faced a total of seven break
points, saving six. Youzhny managed to break him in the very first
game -- thanks largely to four unforced errors by Federer -- and
wound up earning eight break points, converting two.
"I served well at some stages of the match and served well when
I had to," Federer said. "But in general, I wasn't hitting my
spots so well, like the last few days. It happens sometimes."
Not often to a guy trying to win his fourth consecutive major
title and to complete a career Grand Slam. In the quarterfinals,
Federer will face No. 9 Tommy Robredo of Spain, who beat No. 29
Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.
In Sunday's other fourth-round men's matches, No. 4 Nikolay
Davydenko of Russia beat No. 15 David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-3,
7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (2), and No. 19 Guillermo Canas of Argentina
eliminated Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-0, 6-4, 6-2.
Shortly after beating Volandri, Robredo was asked to look ahead
to the quarterfinals.
"I just need to have lunch -- an hour," Robredo said. "And
then I will think about the match against Federer."