Tennis: Federer eliminated from French Open after loss to Tsonga

AP, Tuesday 4 Jun 2013

By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly

Roger Federer of Switzerland leaves the court after losing his men's singles quarter-final match to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 4, 2013. There will be no Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open for only the second time in nine years after Tsonga produced a rip-roaring performance to beat the Swiss 7-5 6-3 6-3 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday (Photo: Reuters)

The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost Tuesday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three major events, but only the fifth time in the past nine years at a Grand Slam tournament. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.

Tsonga was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the 2008 Australian Open, his best Grand Slam result. He earned his first berth in the Roland Garros semifinals and is trying to become the first Frenchman to win the tournament since Yannick Noah in 1983.

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