Sunday, June 01, 2014

2014 FRENCH OPEN: Federer Loses In 4th Round To Gulbis In 5-Sets

Roger Federer has made the quarterfinals of the French Open ever year since 2005 but he will not be extending that streak as he lost in the fourth round to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in an impressive display of calm, powerful play from the 25-year-old World #17. Gulbis is now undefeated in France for the year, having won titles in Nice and Marseilles. Federer failed to close out the second set and then played a poor tiebreak to even the match after two sets. It looked like history might repeat when Federer went up 5-2 in the 4th set but Gulbis took an injury tiebreak and returned playing carefree, error-free tennis to make things complicated for the 17-time champ. Although Federer was able to close out the 4th set, Gulbis broke early in the deciding set and held serve to close out the match 6-3.

In ohter matches, Canada had a good day as Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic reached their first major quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Bouchard dispatched World #8 Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-2 while Raonic beat Spaniard Marcel Grenollers.

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