French Open

Federer loses to Wawrinka in quarters

2015-06-03 15:03

ROGER Federer was knocked out of the French Open at the quarter-final stage yesterday, falling in three sets to fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the eighth seed, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Federer, the second seed and 2009 champion at Roland Garros, had only ever lost twice in 18 previous meetings with his compatriot but was well beaten on a windy Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The 17-time Grand Slam champ-ion proved incapable of breaking his opponent’s serve at all over the course of a match that lasted two hours and nine minutes.

Remarkably, it was just the third time in his career he had failed to break an opponent’s serve in a Grand Slam match — the last came against Max Mirnyi at the U.S. Open in 2002 when he was aged just 21 and had not yet won a major.

It is a further sign of the decline of the 33-year-old, who was also ­beaten in the third round of the ­Australian Open earlier this year by Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Federer’s last Grand Slam title was almost three years ago when he captured his ­seventh Wimbledon title in 2012.

In contrast, Wawrinka broke decisively in the first set and then twice more in the second. There were no breaks in a far tighter third set, but Wawrinka won it on his second match point in the tiebreak.

Through to his first French Open semi-final, Wawrinka will face the winner of yesterday’s other quarter-final between Japan’s fifth seed Kei Nishikori and home hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 14th seed, which was held up for more than half an hour when a metal sheet from a giant video screen was blown off in high winds, crashing into spectators and leaving three slightly injured.

The standout quarter-final today will see reigning champion Rafael Nadal, seeded six, put his dominance of the clay court on the line against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has won his last 26 matches.

The winner of that will take on the winner of the other last-eight tie between third seed Andy Murray and seventh seed David Ferrer, the runner-up in 2013. — SuperSport


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