Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Grand Prix tennis tournament in Lyon, losing in the second round to Slovakia's Karol Kucera.This content was published on November 9, 2000 - 22:29
Kucera came into the match fifty places below Federer in the world ranking and had lost both the players' previous encounters. It looked as if a third defeat would be a formality when the Swiss number one took the first set 6-3.
But after receiving physiotherapy for a back injury, the Slovakian rallied and it was Federer who began to appear out of sorts. Appearing tired and unfocussed, the 19-year-old from Basel threw away the next two sets 2-6, 1-6.
Federer's usually strong service game also let him down, most notably at the start of the final set when he produced two double faults after leading 40-15.
Afterwards, Federer could offer few excuses for his performance. "I served badly and Kucera received well," he said. "I didn't feel good. It was a nothing match."
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