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Tennis: Shock loss for Roger Federer as he succumbs in 5 sets to Ernests Gulbis

Published on Jun 1, 2014 11:24 PM
 
Latvia's Ernests Gulbis (right) shakes hands with Switzerland's Roger Federer at the end of their French tennis Open round of 16 match against at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 1, 2014. Federer crashed to his earliest French Open defeat since 2004 when he was defeated by Gulbis on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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

Gulbis won 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final 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.

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