Roger Federer exits French Open after defeat by Wawrinka
Tue - June 2, 2015
Roger Federer has bowed out of the French Open after a one-sided quarter-final defeat by fellow Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka.
Stanislas Wawrinka: Reached semi-finals for the first time
The second seed struggled to hold off his Davis Cup team-mate, suffering a 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) defeat as Wawrinka advanced to the semi-finals for the first time.
In blustery conditions, Federer's smooth ground strokes lacked their usual precision, and he conceded a break in just the third game of the match.
This lapse was enough for Wawrinka to take a 1-0 lead and the eighth seed tightened his grip on the match, snatching another break in the second set to heap more pressure on the crowd favourite at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Federer, for once, could not muster a masterful response and after falling two adrift he was forced to fight against elimination in the third set tie-break.
But a couple of close calls went against him, drawing noises of derision from the crowd, and a forehand volley from Wawrinka ended the 2009 champion's hopes of adding to his 17 Grand Slam titles.