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Federer beats plucky Mahut

Paris - The imperious swagger was absent as Roger Federer recovered from a mid-match wake-up call to move into the French Open fourth round with a 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5 victory over plucky Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.

After nonchalantly striding through the opening set amid effortless calm, Federer suffered a second-set wobble as the world number 89 responded to a partisan home crowd to convert his first break point of the match to level.

Roger Federer recovered from a mid-match wake-up call to move into the French Open fourth round with victory over plucky Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. Credit: REUTERS

But as the glimmer of an upset began to poke through the sombre Parisian sky, Federer righted the listing ship, breaking twice in the third before edging out a resilient Mahut in the fourth.

The Swiss number three seed will now face Belgian David Goffin who beat Poland's Lukasz Kubot. – Reuters

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