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By Chris Oddo | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roger Federer, Paris 2014

The Fed express is rolling through Paris, as Roger Federer notches his 14th consecutive win on Thursday.

Photo Source: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Roger Federer’s late-season surge continues as the Swiss maestro won his 14th consecutive match on Thursday, taking down 20-year-old Frenchman Lucas Pouille, 6-4, 6-4, to set up an enticing quarterfinal tilt with Milos Raonic.

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Pouille, who upset Fabio Fognini on Wednesday in Paris, showed some dazzling tennis at times, but it was Federer who dazzled the most, winning 27 of 29 first serve points to go with 14 of 21 points at the net.

Federer, who has not lost since the US Open, broke on his only break point of the first set to take the early lead.

In the second set, Pouille put up much resistance, saving eight break points across his first three service games before finally yielding when Federer carved a sharply angled slice return that forced the Frenchman’s backhand error and gave Federer a 4-3 lead.

Federer would hold the rest of the way to book his spot in the Paris quarterfinals for the seventh time. The 2011 champion is bidding for his 24th career Masters 1000 title in Paris as well as attempting to reclaim the ATP’s No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2009.

If Federer wins the title and Novak Djokovic fails to reach the final, or if Federer reaches the final and Djokovic fails to reach the quarterfinals, he would surpass the Serb.



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