Result: Hot and cold Roger Federer through to last 16

Roger Federer
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Roger Federer displays his brilliance in flashes to book his place in the last 16 at Roland Garros.

Roger Federer made heavy work of his third-round match with Nicolas Mahut before eventually progressing in four sets.

The world number three produced an opening set of flawless tennis before losing his way in set two.

Ranked 86 places below Federer and playing on his least favourite surface, Mahut capitalised on an unusually error-prone display from the Swiss to convert the set's only break point and level the match.

Federer quickly rediscovered his best form though and wrapped up the 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5 victory in two hours and 37 minutes.

Mahut, who is known best for his dominating serve, failed to record a single ace in the final two sets.

If Federer overcomes David Goffin in the next round he will have reached the quarter-finals of 32 consecutive Grand Slams.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13Belgium David Goffin2,605
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
16France Gael Monfils2,275
17Lucas Pouille2,255
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
19United States Jack Sock2,245
20United States John Isner2,045