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Roger Federer Edges Gilles Simon At French Open In Five-Set Thriller

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Roger Federer falls during his French Open round of 16 match against Gilles Simon at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 2, 2013. | Getty Images

PARIS -- Roger Federer overcame a foot-twisting tumble to the clay and a two-sets-to-one deficit in the fourth round of the French Open, coming back to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.

With 17-time major champion Federer up a set and leading 3-2 in the second, he fell to the ground while chasing a shot.

That was the start of a stretch in which Federer lost 10 of 13 games, dropping the second and third sets.

But he regrouped, taking seven consecutive games to even the match at two sets apiece and pull ahead 3-0 in the fifth.

Federer reached his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal. He hasn't lost before that stage at a Grand Slam tournament since a third-round exit at Roland Garros in 2004.

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