Kimie Bunyasaranand
Tuesday June 4th, 2013

federer Roger Federer lost to Jo-Wilifried Tsonga in straight sets at Roland Garros. It was only the fifth time in the past nine years Federer has failed to reach the semis. (Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images)

Roger Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, lost to France's Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, knocking him out of the French Open. Federer was defeated in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Federer has struggled recently in other major events, but had looked solid at Roland Garros.

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Federer has struggled against Tsonga at Grand Slam tournaments. From an Associated Press report:

Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three major events, but only the fifth time in the past nine years at a Grand Slam tournament. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
For Tsonga, it will be his first trip to the French Open semifinals.

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