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Federer knocked out of French Open

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Paris, June 1 :

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer failed to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time since 2004 losing in a five-set clash here Sunday to Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

The fourth seed was broken in his first serve game of the fifth set which eventually led to his 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 2-6, 6-4, 3-6 loss. Gulbis, seeded 18th, will face sixth seed Czech Tomas Berdych, who beat John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals, reports Xinhua.

Federer was 40-15 ahead on his service game when he led 5-3 in the second set but could not finish, only to see Gulbis claw back to break him. Gulbis came back to win the tie-break and broke serve twice to move into the lead after the third.

Federer responded by taking the fourth set but he slipped to 0-40 on his first service game of the decider and after saving two break points, hammered the third wide. Then he just could not recover from the deficit.

(IANS)