Roger Federer staged a rather expected comeback against Frenchman Gael Simons, eventually winning the contest in five sets.
The Swiss won the fourth- round match 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, extending his French Open quarter- final appearances to 36 and racking up his 900th career wins.
The 2nd seed is due to play another Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter- final.
After comfortably winning the first set, Federer’s fortunes took a sharp turn when he fell while sliding for a backhand in the sixth game of the second set.
And with the match in danger of slipping away, Federer leapt on the first chance of the fourth set.
He cracked a forehand to break for 4-2 before the now- faltering Simons netted a backhand to give up another break and the set.
The momentum had shifted and the crowd at the main Court Philippe Chatrier, began pulling for the 2009 champion Federer as much as Simons.
Federer surged through seven straight games to dominate the latter stages of the match, and survived a couple of nervy volleys and break points in the final game to claim his customary place in the quarter- final.
“I’m happy I found a way and took the right decisions and was able to sort of tidy up my play a little bit, not spray that many unforced errors, even though I don’t think it was that bad,” said Federer of the tight contest.