Federer out of French Open

Roger Federer shouts out in anger during the quarterfinals of the French Open Keystone

The Swiss men's number one, Roger Federer, has crashed out of the French Open after being beaten in the quarterfinals by Spain's, Alex Corretja.

This content was published on June 7, 2001 - 14:02

The Swiss teenager's hopes of victory faded as Corretja won in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, 7-5.

Corretja, seeded 13th and the 1998 French Open runner-up, played a methodical game, taking advantage of his experience to beat his unseeded opponent.

In the first set, Corretja broke Federer's serve to take a 4-3 lead with the Swiss player fighting back to make it 4-4.

Federer then appeared to lose his nerve by making a number of errors clearing the way for Corretja to win the set 7-5.

An angry Federer threw his racket down on the court in frustration.

In the second set, both players had trouble holding their serves leaving the first four games pretty well balanced. Nevertheless, the Spaniard went on to clinch the set 6-4, after another exchange of service breaks.

In the final set, the crowd was left on the edge of their seats with a rejeuvenated Federer fighting back to 5-5 after an early lead by Corretja.

There was further excitement when the Spaniard blew three match points in the final game before clinching victory with a strong backhand straight down the line.

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