Fed uses know-how to stay alive
Roger Federer admits he had to dig deep but was always confident of beating Julien Benneteau in his third-round clash at Wimbledon.
The six-time champion looked in danger of following Rafael Nadal out of the year's third Grand Slam after falling two sets to love behind the Frenchman under the Centre Court roof on Friday evening.
But he found a way back into the match by taking the third set, before coming through a tense tie-breaker and then running away with the fifth.
The SW19 crowd have already witnessed one of the greatest shocks in Wimbledon history when unsung Czech Lukas Rosol eliminated the Spanish two-time champion on Thursday, but Federer was determined not to follow suit in front of a vociferous London crowd.
And the Swiss ace believes that the fact he has been through it all so many times before meant he was always in the match.
"I think I brought some experience," he said. "Having been 2-0 down before, especially here at Wimbledon and knowing how to handle the situation, when I broke at the start of the third set I knew the match was open.
"I knew I could not afford any more mistakes and I knew physically it would not be a problem."