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Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau

Roger Federer At the Cincinnati Masters

For the second year in a row at Wimbledon, Roger Federer went to five sets against a Frenchman but this time there would be no slip-ups. "My God, it was brutal," said the normally stress-free Swiss after 204 minutes of high drama under the roof on Centre Court in which he first flirted with the humiliation suffered the night before by Rafael Nadal then gathered all his reserves of energy and skill to outlast the dangerous Julien Benneteau and go through to the fourth round.

Novak Djokovic recovers to beat Radek Stepanek at Wimbledon 2012

Novak Djokovic Overhead Wimbledon

Wimbledon was not quite ready for another Czech earthquake after the rude dismissal of Rafael Nadal. However, for the duration of a set on Centre Court, the prospect of losing the defending champion on day five sent a shiver through the tournament that did not seem altogether out of kilter with the prevailing mood.