In his first tournament in two months, Roger Federer appears to be back up to speed following knee surgery.
The Swiss Maestro was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus after the Australian Open, then suffered illness in Miami.
Finally back on tour in time for the clay court swing, Federer is yet to drop a set at the Monte Carlo Masters.
“As long as I can go into a match feeling alright, then during the match I’m not thinking about it,” quipped the 34-year-old on atpworldtour.com about his knee.
“I’m getting closer to the peak in the sense of maximum movement against the best players on a tough surface.
“I’ll be resting for the next couple of weeks anyway, so even if I get a setback for a couple of days, I can take as much time as I need. I feel like I’m in a great place right now.”
Federer eased past Roberto Bautista Agut on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals of the event.
“As the match progressed, I felt better and better”” added the 17-time grand slam winner.
“Once I made the break, I was able to relax a little more. I’m happy with what I did. He’s a good player.”
The former world number one now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman has won two out of their last four meetings, one of which was on clay in the quarter-finals of the 2013 French Open.