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PARIS---Stumbling on his way
to the net, Roger Federer dropped
his racket and fell to his knees on
the red clay. Hardly the sort of
grace and precision the world has
come to expect from the 17-time
Grand Slam champion.
There were other unusual sights
in Federer's 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss
in the French Open quarterfinals
yesterday against his pal and Swiss
Davis Cup teammate Stan
"I made 30-something errors
today. He, maybe, made one," said
Federer, exaggerating a bit.
Rarely injured and appearing in
a 62nd consecutive major, Federer
received treatment on his right
hand from a trainer during a sec-
ond-set tiebreaker. For years and
years a dominant and confident
force in tennis, Federer slumped
in his changeover chair, head
bowed, after falling behind two
sets to none. And, according to
the ATP, this was the first time
since a fourth-round loss at the
2002 US Open---back before he'd
won a major trophy---that Federer
failed to break an opponent's serve
once in a Grand Slam match.
Federer loses to Wawrinka; Tsonga into semis
Weather: Partly cloudy with wind
gusts topping 30 mph (50 kph).
High of 74°F (23°C).
Men's quarterfinal results: No 8
Stan Wawrinka beat No 2 Roger
Federer 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4); No 14 Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga beat No 5 Kei
Nishikori 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3.
Women's quarterfinal results: No
7 Ana Ivanovic beat No 19 Elina
Svitolina 6-3, 6-2; No 13 Lucie
Safarova beat No 21 Garbine
Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Stat of the Day: 0 --- Number of
times Federer broke Wawrinka's
serve, the 17-time major
champion's first such Grand Slam
match since 2002, when he lost to
Max Mirnyi in the fourth round of
the US Open.
Quote of the day: "Sometimes, you
don't know what to say."---Federer,
who lost before the semifinals at
Roland Garros for the third year in a
On court Wednesday: No 1 Novak
Djokovic vs No 6 Rafael Nadal, No 3
Andy Murray vs No 7 David Ferrer,
No 1 Serena Williams vs No 17 Sara
Errani, No 23 Timea Bacsinszky vs
Alison Van Uytvanck.
Wednesday's forecast: Partly
cloudy early, then sunny later. High
of 74°F (23°C).
FRENCH OPEN AT A GLANCE
"I know that when I play good tennis,
when I play my best tennis, I can play
so heavy from both sides that it's really
tough for the opponent to play," said
the eighth-seeded Wawrinka, who will
play 14th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France in the semifinals Friday.
"That's why Roger was struggling today.
It's because I was playing so well."
So long superior to the younger
Wawrinka, Federer was defeated for
only the third time in their 19 head-
to-head matches, and for the first time
in five meetings at Grand Slam tour-
"I tried many things," Federer said.
"Obviously I was not going to leave the
French Open without having tried
everything out there."
During the eight French Opens from
2005 to 2012, Federer reached at least
the semifinals seven times, including
winning the 2009 championship to
complete a career Grand Slam. But this
is the third year in a row he exits Roland
Garros in the quarterfinals or earlier.
Give Wawrinka credit. Powering the
ball from the baseline in Court Suzanne
Lenglen on a windy day, he produced
groundstrokes that cut through gusts
topping 30 mph (50 kph).
"I'm a little bit surprised to win that
match in three sets and the way I did,"
Wawrinka said, "but it's a great feel-
Over at Court Philippe Chatrier,
Tsonga's 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory
over No 5 Kei Nishikori was interrupted
for about 40 minutes when one person
was injured after a 9-foot-long (3-
meter-long) piece of metal paneling
was blown off a giant TV screen and
fell onto packed rows of spectators
French Open organisers originally
said three people were hurt, but tour-
nament director Gilbert Ysern later said
two were fine after being checked at
an infirmary. One went to the hospital
for an injured wrist.
When he finally defeated Nishikori,
who was trying to become the first
Japanese man to reach the French semi-
finals in 82 years, Tsonga knelt on the
court, then rose and used the sole of
his right shoe to write "Roland, je
t'aime"---"I love you, Roland"---in the
Tsonga then got down on his back,
with arms and legs spread apart, as
15,000 or so of his closest friends stood
and roared their approval for their man's
second trip to the Roland Garros semi-
"You supported me," Tsonga told the
crowd. "I will never forget it."
He's a burly guy who can rip the ball
as hard as just about anyone on tour,
and he and Wawrinka have evenly split
six career meetings.
As well as Wawrinka played yester-
day, he probably would have been just
fine without the point conceded by
Federer after a disputed call in the
"I played my best match in a Grand
Slam tournament," said Wawrinka, quite
a statement considering he won the
2014 Australian Open, "and my best
match on clay."
The other men's quarterfinals today
are: No 1 Novak Djokovic against nine-
time champion Rafael Nadal, and No
3 Andy Murray against No 7 David Fer-
rer.One women's semifinal was set yes-
terday: No 7 Ana Ivanovic against No
13 Lucie Safarova.
Safarova, who eliminated defending
champion Maria Sharapova in the
fourth round, beat Garbine Muguruza
7-6 (3), 6-3 to reach the second major
semifinal of her career. Ivanovic reached
her first Grand Slam semifinal since
winning the 2008 French Open by
defeating Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-
"I don't know if I should feel very
old," said Ivanovic, 27, "or very happy."
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates winning in the quarterfinal
match of the French Open tennis tournament against Japan's Kei
Nishikori in five sets 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, at the Roland Garros
stadium, in Paris, France, yesterday. AP PHOTO
New Zealand beats England
in 2nd Test --- Page A59
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