Roger Federer tamely exited from the French Open at the quarter final stage, losing in straight sets to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 6-3 6-3. It was the first straight sets slam loss against someone outside of “The Big Four” since 2004. Things started well for Federer as he went up a break and held to take a 4-2 lead but very little would go right for him from then on. Tsonga broke back and when Federer served to stay in the set at *5-6, he would carve out a 0-40 opening. All three would be saved, the second with a glorious backhand pass, only for Federer to give up a fourth, which this time he would shank wildly out of play to gift the set to Federer.
The hangover carried on into the second set, with Federer gifting a love break to Tsonga courtesy of four unforced errors for a 2-0 lead. Although Federer had 0-15 on every Tsonga service game afterwards, he would get no closer than 15-30 as the Frenchman held his nerve.
A double fault gifted Tsonga a 1-0 lead in the third but Federer would fight back and push into a 2-1 lead but would find very little success afterwards. Tsonga broke for 4-3 and held under pressure to force Federer to stay in the tournament. He started badly, losing the first point and would give the Frenchman two match points after volleying long. The first would be saved but he could not repeat the trick on the second as Tsonga took the match in just under 2 hours.
David Ferrer ensured there would be no miracle comeback with a very comfortable win over Tommy Robredo in straights 6-2 6-1 6-1. He never let up after breaking for a 3-1 lead in the first, giving Robredo little chance. He broke once more as Robredo served to stay in the set to take the set. The second was even more of a disaster with Robredo hitting just 1 winner to 14 unforced errors as Ferrer continued to dominate. Robredo had his only chance to break in the opening game of the second but failed to take it.
Any hopes of a fourth consecutive 0-2 comeback were killed off when Ferrer broke for a *2-1 lead in the third and his victory ensures there will be a new finalist this year in the French Open.
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