The 6-time Wimbledon champion and world no.3, Roger Federer, worked his way past his unseeded opponent, Xavier Malisse in four entertaining sets to proceed to a record 33rd Grand Slam quarter-final in a row, a record which started at this very venue eight years back. With Federer's movement looking compromised right from the outset, an upset was certainly on the cards and a medical time out taken for a back spasm by the Swiss after the 7th game of the first set further added to the anxiety of the crowd. However, the Swiss Maestro put all those unwarranted apprehensions to rest by raising the tempo in the deciding tie breaker of the first set to bag it with ease. The second set saw the return of "exhibition Federer" of the first 2 rounds, which left Malisse with no choice but to admire the genius that was unfolding before his very eyes. Though a slight dip in concentration resulted in Federer losing the third set, the Swiss righted the ship in the fourth to wrap up his efforts in 131 minutes, winning the match 7-6(1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
From the beginning of the first set, Federer's movement and footwork appeared to be compromised, which resulted in the Swiss Maestro going down a couple of break points, but some clutch serving saw off those, allowing the legend to stay on level terms with Malisse. Nevertheless, Federer was unable to make any sort of impact on the Belgian's serve with Malisse coasting through his service games, hardly losing points. The reason for the Swiss's hampered play presented itself at the seventh game when he availed a medical time-out for a back ache.