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Federer feeling the pressure

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:32

The Swiss star beat Frenchman Gael Monfils in straight sets on Wednesday to move into the semi-finals at Roland Garros, where he will meet fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro.

“We’re all nervous at this stage – I felt it in the warm-up. I was tired, I was nervous and I didn’t really feel good,” the 27-year-old said after his convincing win over Monfils.

“The whole story of Rafael Nadal losing, Andy Murray losing, Novak Djokovic losing, the draw opening up a little bit; it obviously plays with your mind.

“But it doesn’t matter if I’m zero nervous or 100% nervous. I know I’ll always play a decent match in the quarter-finals of a grand slam.”

Argentina’s del Potro was a 6-3 6-4 6-2 winner over 16th seed Tommy Robredo in Wednesday’s other quarter-final.

Robin Soderling meets Fernando Gonzalez in the semi-final from the top half of the draw.

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