Fed­erer goes qui­etly in quar­ter­fi­nals

Fel­low Swiss Wawrinka wins in straight sets and will face France’s Tsonga.

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PARIS — Stum­bling on his way to the net, Roger Fed­erer dropped his racket and fell to his knees on the red clay. Hardly the sort of grace and pre­ci­sion the world has come to ex­pect from the 17-time Grand Slam cham­pion.

There were other un­usual sights in Fed­erer’s 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss in the French Open quar­ter­fi­nals Tues­day against his pal and Swiss Davis Cup team­mate Stan Wawrinka.

“I made 30-some­thing er­rors to­day. He, maybe, made one,” said Fed­erer, ex­ag­ger­at­ing a bit.

Fed­erer re­ceived treat­ment on his right hand from a trainer, and he slumped in his changeover chair, head bowed, af­ter fall­ing be­hind two sets to none. And, ac­cord­ing to the ATP, this was the first time since a fourthround loss at the 2002 U.S. Open — be­fore he’d won a ma­jor tro­phy — that Fed­erer failed to break an op­po­nent’s serve once in a Grand Slam match.

“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,” said the eighth-seeded Wawrinka, who will play 14th-seeded JoWil­fried Tsonga of France in the semi­fi­nals Fri­day. “That’s why Roger was strug­gling to­day. It’s be­cause I was play­ing so well.”

Over at Court Philippe Cha­trier, Tsonga’s 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 5 Kei Nishikori was in­ter­rupted for about 40 min­utes when one per­son was in­jured af­ter a 9-foot-long piece of metal pan­el­ing was blown off a gi­ant TV screen and fell onto packed rows of spec­ta­tors be­low.

One women’s semi­fi­nal was set Tues­day: No. 7 Ana Ivanovic against No. 13 Lu­cie Sa­farova.

Sa­farova, who elim­i­nated de­fend­ing cham­pion Maria Shara­pova in the fourth round, beat Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, 7-6 (3), 6-3, to reach the sec­ond ma­jor semi­fi­nal of her ca­reer. Ivanovic reached her first Grand Slam semi­fi­nal since win­ning the 2008 French Open by de­feat­ing Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-2.

“I don’t know if I should feel very old,” said Ivanovic, 27, “or very happy.”

Dur­ing the eight French Opens from 2005 to 2012, Fed­erer reached at least the semi­fi­nals seven times, in­clud­ing win­ning the 2009 cham­pi­onship to com­plete a ca­reer Grand Slam. But this is the third year in a row he ex­its Roland Gar­ros in the quar­ter­fi­nals or ear­lier.

“I played my best match in a Grand Slam tour­na­ment,” said Wawrinka, quite a state­ment con­sid­er­ing he won the 2014 Aus­tralian Open, “and my best match on clay.”

The other men’s quar­ter­fi­nals are Wed­nes­day: No. 1 No­vak Djokovic against nine-time cham­pion Rafael Nadal, and No. 3 Andy Mur­ray against No. 7 David Fer­rer.

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THINGS OB­VI­OUSLY aren’t go­ing well for Roger Fed­erer dur­ing his quar­ter­fi­nal match against Stan Wawrinka, who rolled to a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory.

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