Swiss number one Roger Federer has crashed out of the ATP tennis tournament in Den Bosch, in the Netherlands. Top seed Lleyton Hewitt from Australia brushed Federer aside, winning the match in straight sets.
Fourth seed Federer opened Saturday's semifinal match strongly, storming to a 4-1 lead in the first set. Hewitt then found his footing and won 11 of the next 13 games to take the match 6-4, 6-2.
The Basel teenager was chasing only his second ATP singles title victory of his career following his victory in Milan earlier this season.
Seeded 15th, Federer is next scheduled to play in the Wimbledon Championships which gets underway on Monday. The Dutch grasscourt tournament was crucial preparation for the Grand Slam.
Federer, considered a Wimbledon darkhorse, will be trying to capitalise on the strong showing he has made on the international circuit so far this year in England.
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