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  • France's Julien Benneteau plays a forehand shot during his third round men's singles defeat to Switzerland's Roger Federer on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • France's Julien Benneteau plays a forehand shot during his third round men's singles match against Switzerland's Roger Federer on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Switzerland's Roger Federer runs to the net during his third round men's singles match against France's Julien Benneteau on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • France's Julien Benneteau serves during his third round men's singles match against Switzerland's Roger Federer on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand shot on Centre Court during his third round men's singles match against France's Julien Benneteau on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Julien Benneteau of France on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland shows his frustration during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Julien Benneteau of France on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • France's Julien Benneteau reacts during his third round men's singles match against Switzerland's Roger Federer on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Switzerland's Roger Federer gestures during his third round men's singles match against France's Julien Benneteau on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a backhand return during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Julien Benneteau of France on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand shot during his third round men's singles match against France's Julien Benneteau on day five of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2012. (Photo LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)


Third seed Roger Federer came back from two sets down to beat Julien Benneteau on Friday evening in the third round at Wimbledon 2012.

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The six-time champion had at one point looked like he was set to suffer a shock Wimbledon exit, just 24 hours after two-time champion Rafael Nadal crashed out of the tournament on Thursday night.

But Federer eventually won a hard-fought tie 4-6 6-7 6-2 7-6 6-1 to progress to the fourth round at the All-England Club.

"It was brutal," admitted the Swiss afterwards.

"I tried just to stay alive - in the fourth it was so close. Julien was playing amazingly.

"When you're down two sets to love you have to stay calm, but it's hard because people are freaking out."

Federer will now play Belgian Xavier Malisse on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.
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