- Federer defeated in three sets at Roland Garros in Paris
- Tsonga Beats Nishikori in match interrupted by falling screen
Roger Federer lost to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open quarterfinals, ending his chance to claim a record-extending 18th major singles tennis title.
No. 8 seed Wawrinka defeated No. 2 seed Federer 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on a windy day at Roland Garros in Paris.
“It wasn’t easy, he’s a friend,” Wawrinka said in a courtside interview in French. “This was my best match on clay in a Grand Slam, it’s incredible.”
Wawrinka struck 43 winners to 28 by his Swiss countryman and Davis Cup teammate. Wawrinka never dropped serve, while he broke his opponent three times.
Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, will vie for a place in the final against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Kei Nishikori.
The match between Tsonga and Nishikori -- who at last year’s U.S. Open became the first player from Japan to reach a major final -- was interrupted for 40 minutes after the second set because part of a video scoreboard fell on top of a row of spectators, causing three minor injuries, according to tournament organizers.
In the end, Tsonga won, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 to move to his second French Open semifinal. He wrote “Roland, I love you” in the clay in French with his foot afterwards.
Ana Ivanovic will play Lucie Safarova for a place in the women’s final. It’s the first time the Serbian has reached a Grand Slam semifinal since she won the 2008 French Open.
The seventh-seeded Ivanovic overcame windy conditions on the main Court Philippe Chatrier to beat Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-2.
“It’s been a long road and hard work,” Ivanovic said in a news conference. “Today was a very, very tough match, even though the score doesn’t indicate that.”
Czech Safarova, who eliminated defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia Monday, defeated Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Ivanovic, a former world No. 1, has won three of eight matches against Safarova, including a second-round victory in the 2008 French Open.
Federer was on the opposite side of the draw to nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal, top-ranked Novak Djokovic and third-seeded Andy Murray.
Federer, who exited the French Open in the fourth round in 2014, last reached the semifinals in Paris in 2012, the same year he won his last major, at Wimbledon. His lone Roland Garros title came in 2009, when Nadal lost in the fourth round to Sweden’s Robin Soderling.
Federer, 33, was playing for a third straight day, after his previous match against Gael Monfils took two days to complete because of rain delays.
Wawrinka outplayed his opponent from the start on Court Suzanne Lenglen, firing 29 winners and breaking Federer’s serve three times as he won the first two sets. Wawrinka set up three match points in the third set tiebreaker with a forehand winner. Federer saved one with a forehand on the line before Wawrinka won the match with a forehand volley.
Wawrinka was “red hot” all afternoon, Federer said.
“His serve was very good,” said Federer, who lamented the standard of his service returns. “I had no impact on his second serve. It’s very disappointing.”