Roger Federer had one foot in the grave before rediscovering his touch to down Germany's Tommy Haas 6-7 5-7 6-4 6-0 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the French Open.
|Haas had the chance to put Federer away before the Swiss came powering back [AFP]
The 27-year-old Swiss, chasing the only grand slam title to have eluded him, was two sets and 3-4 down facing a break point when he recovered to hold serve and went on to win eight games in a row.
"Tommy played a great match, I struggled to get into the encounter," said the 13-times grand slam champion.
"When I hit that forehand to save a break point at 3-4 in the third, I had the feeling it could be a turning point in the match.
"After that, the atmosphere was great."
The world number two broke in the fifth and seventh games of the decider and never looked back, wrapping up victory on his second match point after three hours seven minutes on Monday.
Federer, hot favourite to win the title after world number one and four-times champion Rafael Nadal was beaten on Sunday.
Roddick out, Monfils to face Federer
Meanwhile, Andy Roddick's longest run at the French Open ended with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Gael Monfils of France in the fourth round.
The sixth-seeded Roddick was the last U.S. man left in the tournament.
He was outplayed pretty much throughout by the 11th-seeded Monfils, who even
outaced Roddick 17-4.
The match was the last of the day on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Roddick began complaining to chair umpire Enric Molina in the second set that it was too dark to play.
Monfils moves on to face Roger Federer in a rematch from last year's French Open semifinals. Federer won that match, then lost in the final for the third year in a row.
Pain for Jankovic, joy for Cirstea
In the women’s draw, Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic was upset by 19-year-old Sorana
Cirstea of Romania in the fourth round of the French Open, losing 3-6, 6-0, 9-7.
The unseeded Cirstea, ranked 41st, became the first Romanian woman to reach the quarterfinals at a major tournament since Irina Spirlea was a U.S. Open semifinalist in 1997.
Cirstea had never advanced beyond the second round in her previous five major events.
The fifth-seeded Jankovic served for the match at 5-4 in the final set and was two points from victory at 30-love, but she hit too many tentative shots on key points.
Cirstea converted her third match point with a backhand winner, then hopped on the clay in jubilation.