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Roger Federer has never had an easier road to a Grand Slam quarterfinal

Chris Chase
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Roger Federer made his 32nd consecutive quarterfinal at a Grand Slam on Sunday. And as the Wall Street Journal notes, the all-time majors leader has never had an easier road. Federer's first four opponents at Roland Garros had an average ranking of No. 78, far higher than the No. 62 average he faced at Wimbledon in 2004. He shouldn't get too comfortable: His opponent in the quarters is No. 9 Juan Martin Del Potro. If he keeps winning, he'd likely face No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis and finals. Despite Federer's recent dominance over Del Potro, it could be a big ask. Federer has dropped three sets and 40 percent of his games even with the easy schedule.

• Nadal celebrated his 26th birthday by setting a personal record and beating up on a good friend. The six-time French Open champion cruised into the quarterfinals after beating his pal, Juan Monaco, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0. It was the first time Nadal had ever bageled an opponent twice in a Roland Garros match. The two lost games were his fewest in his 50 matches at the event. As if that wasn't disconcerting enough for the rest of the field; the heavy conditions in Paris will create a favorable slow court for Rafa as he pursues title No. 7.

• Speaking of bagels, Li Na laid a big one in the third set of her fourth-round match against Yaroslava Shvedova. The defending champion continued the WTA's upset bug, falling to the Kazakhstani, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

• Mark it down: The second match on Tuesday on Court Philippe Chatrier (appx. 10 a.m. ET) pits world No. 1 Novak Djokovic against French favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. With his five-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka, Tsonga became the first Frenchman to ever make the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams. The second match on Court Suzanne Lenglen isn't bad either: Some guys named Federer and Del Potro will play a rematch of the 2009 US Open final.

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