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Roger Federer Beats David Goffin At French Open, Reaches 32nd Consecutive Grand Slam Quarterfinals

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Switzerland's Roger Federer clenches his fist as he defeats Belgium's David Goffin during their fourth round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Switzerland's Roger Federer clenches his fist as he defeats Belgium's David Goffin during their fourth round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS — "Lucky loser" David Goffin of Belgium got an up-close look at his idol Roger Federer – and even took a set off him – before the 16-time Grand Slam champion won their fourth-round match at the French Open.

The third-seeded Federer reached the quarterfinals at a record 32nd consecutive major tournament by coming back to beat the 109th-ranked Goffin 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Playing in the main draw at a major tournament for the first time, and only because someone else withdrew, the 21-year-old Goffin pulled off three upsets before facing a guy whose posters hung in his childhood bedroom.

Goffin clearly enjoyed himself. After winning one late point with a volley, he held up an index finger, then bowed to the arena's four corners.

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