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Tennis: Gulbis knocks Federer out of French Open

Roger Federer crashed to his earliest French Open defeat since 2004 on Sunday when he was bundled out in the last 16 by controversial Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

PARIS: Roger Federer crashed to his earliest French Open defeat since 2004 on Sunday when he was bundled out in the last 16 by controversial Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Gulbis won 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach his first quarter-final at a major since he made the last-eight in Paris six years ago.

Federer, 32 years old and the 2009 champion, last failed to make the quarter-finals in 2004 when he was demolished in the third round by Gustavo Kuerten.

Gulbis next plays Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych for a place in the semi-finals.

Results on Sunday at the French Open

Men 4th Round
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt John Isner (USA x10) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Ernests Gulbis (LAT x18) bt Roger Federer (SUI x4) 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Men 3rd Round
Fernando Verdasco (ESP x24) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x12) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x7) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x28) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10

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