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Roger Federer loses to Stan Wawrinka in French Open

Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after a point against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka during their men’s quarterfinal match. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer made an early exit from the French Open on Tuesday when he lost in the quarterfinals to fellow Swiss star Stan Wawrinka. The 2009 French Open champion lost in straight sets — 6-4, 6-3, 7-6.

This will be the furthest Wawrinka has ever advanced at Roland Garros.

“The conditions [were] really tough,” Wawrinka said (via Sports Illustrated) after the match. “I don’t think [anyone] was happy with the wind. But it’s quite clear what I have to do when it’s conditions like that and when I play Roger. I need to play really heavy. 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. That’s why Roger was struggling today. It’s because I was playing so well.”

Federer, meanwhile, said he did everything in his power to win, but noted it just wasn’t his day.

“I tried many things,” Federer said. “One of them was trying to put it up high. Another one was trying to chip it shorter.  Another one was trying to hit through the wind. Obviously I was not going to, you know, leave the French Open without having tried everything out there. So it was tough, you know.  Would have loved to have won the breaker, would have loved to come back in the first set, but wasn’t so.”

He then gave his Davis Cup teammate kudos.

“Stan was clutch on the big points and really didn’t give me much, so it was a credit to him for playing so well today,” he said.

Wawrinka will hope to play just as well in his Thursday semifinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Kei Nishikori in five sets, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3.

While the action on the court kept tennis fans enthralled, it was a calamity in the stands that made headlines in the second set. Pieces of metal designed to detract pigeons from the scoreboard fell down the crowd below, injuring a man and a small boy.

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