Federer storms to French open quarter-finals, Konta flourishes

Mazino Dickson

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Tennis sensation Roger Federer rolled back the years by stomping to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Leonardo Mayer at Roland Garros.

Federer dropped 15 points behind the initial shot and mounting the pressure on his opponent who failed to deliver the same numbers in his service games.

He finished the match with 30 winners and 19 unforced errors, leaving Mayer on a 17-31 ratio and standing strong from start to finish to book his place in the last eight here as the third-oldest player in the Open era after Pancho Gonzales and Istvan Gulyas, almost 50 years ago.

He is on course to face perenial rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but will play either Stan Wawrinka or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next round.

Meanwhile British female hopeful Johana Konta made short work of Donna Vekic to advance beyond the fourth round.