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Djokovic: I played very badly

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Novak Djokovic had to come back from two sets down © PA Photos
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Novak Djokovic came from two sets down to beat Andreas Seppi and admitted: "I played very badly, but I won thanks to my fighting spirit."

Roger Federer admitted he was stunned by opponent David Goffin's ability in their last-16 clash. Federer, who won 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-4, said the young Belgian is one to keep an eye on in the future.

"I thought he played really well. Great impression," Federer said. "He took the ball early every time. Don't hit a very good shot, he can take advantage of that. He's got great potential in terms of his touch and the way he reads the game. I thought it was an interesting match. Obviously in some ways I guess it's tough for me coming out not knowing exactly what his favourite patterns are in the game, the way he serves, when he does what. But, no, he impressed me, and I enjoyed the match today."

David Goffin, after taking a set off Roger Federer in an ultimately losing effort: "I came out of the qualifiers and I played my best tennis in my first three matches. Then playing Roger was the cherry on the cake. I won't hide the fact that I had photos of Roger everywhere on the walls of my bedroom. It was like a dream for me playing him here."

Top seed Victoria Azarenka was felled by Dominika Cibulkova in a dramatic upset. Azarenka said: "It's been a lot of tennis for me in the last five months. I need to rest a little."

2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova said after being beaten by Sara Errani: "The first set was just horrible. Today the weather was so bad. I felt cold during the whole match. For me to move was really complicated. I could not make my feet work.

"Then in the second set I started to play better, hitting the right shots at the right time. But at 5-3 I just didn't do the right thing. Maybe I rushed too much. It's the best I've seen Sara play. Her game is very good on clay. I'm far away from my best form yet."

Angelique Kerber, who beat Petra Martic and will play Errani next, said: "I'm not surprised because I know that I can play good. I showed years ago that I could play good matches against top players, but I never won those matches. That's changed. Now I play good, and also I can win."

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