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Jun 1, 2014

Tennis-Focused Gulbis reaps rewards with Federer scalp

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – Ernests Gulbis has learned a lesson from Novak Djokovic and is determined to focus his energy on his tennis career.

The fruits of the Latvian’s change of direction, after years of bad choices and misspent evenings, were seen at the French Open on Sunday when he sealed the biggest win of his career with a five-set defeat of Roger Federer in the fourth round.

Jun 1, 2014

Focused Gulbis reaps rewards with Federer scalp

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – – Ernests Gulbis has learned a lesson from Novak Djokovic and is determined to focus his energy on his tennis carer. The fruits of the Latvian’s change of direction, after years of bad choices and misspent evenings, were seen at the French Open on Sunday when he sealed the biggest win of his career with a five-set defeat of Roger Federer in the fourth round.

Not that the victory over the former champion was devoid of the old Gulbis style after he smashed a racket, stamped on it and then gave it to a young boy in the crowd as a memento.

Jun 1, 2014

Sharapova grinds down Stosur to reach French Open last eight

PARIS (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova, seventh seed and last year’s losing finalist, won the last nine games of the match to sweep past Australia’s Samantha Stosur 3-6 6-4 6-0 into the French Open’s quarter-finals on Sunday. The 19th seed outfought and outfired the former world No.1 in the first set and held her nerve when Sharapova broke early in the second set.

But the Russian began to build a remorseless momentum to grind down Stosur with her accuracy from the baseline. Sharapova broke for a 5-4 lead to take the second set and raced to a 3-0 lead in the third after winning 17 of 20 points.

Jun 1, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova grinds down Stosur to reach French Open last eight

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova, seventh seed and last year’s losing finalist, won the last nine games of the match to sweep past Australia’s Samantha Stosur 3-6 6-4 6-0 into the French Open’s quarter-finals on Sunday.

The 19th seed outfought and outfired the former world No.1 in the first set and held her nerve when Sharapova broke early in the second set.

Jun 1, 2014

Federer derailed at French Open by reformed Gulbis

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s French Open campaign was derailed by reformed playboy Ernests Gulbis on Sunday when the Swiss suffered his worst result at Roland Garros since 2004 in a 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-2 4-6 6-3 defeat in the fourth round. The 2009 champion and fourth seed was second best for most of the match and made an unusually high number of unforced errors – 59 – on the Philippe Chatrier show court to hand the 18th seed from Latvia the biggest win of his career.

“I was a bit all over the place,” admitted Federer. “I’m clearly very disappointed and have a lot of regrets now. It was a tough match and Gulbis did a good job to hang around and come back. “On my side, I wished I could have played a bit better.

Jun 1, 2014

Federer knocked out of French Open by Gulbis

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer slipped to the level of ordinary mortals at the French Open on Sunday when he was beaten 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-2 4-6 6-3 in the fourth round by 18th seed Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

It was the fourth seed’s earliest departure at Roland Garros since 2004 and the 2009 champion can have few complaints as Gulbis earned the biggest win of his career.

Jun 1, 2014

Tennis-Federer out as Gulbis powers into French Open quarters

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – Roger Federer slipped to the level of ordinary mortals at the French Open on Sunday when he was beaten 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-2 4-6 6-3 in the fourth round by 18th seed Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

It was the fourth seed’s earliest departure at Roland Garros since 2004 and the 2009 champion can have few complaints as Gulbis earned the biggest win of his career.

Jun 1, 2014

Murray beats Kohlschreiber after two-day marathon in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray won a five-set marathon spread over two days against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany to reach the last 16 of the French Open on Sunday.

The seventh seed from Britain won 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 12-10 after 40 minutes’ play on Sunday.

Jun 1, 2014

Tennis-Murray battles into French Open last 16 after two-day marathon

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray won a five-set marathon spread over two days against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany to reach the last 16 of the French Open on Sunday.

The seventh seed from Britain won 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 12-10 after 40 minutes’ play on Sunday.

Jun 1, 2014

Bouchard blazes past Kerber into French Open quarters

PARIS (Reuters) – Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard blazed past eighth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1 6-2 at the French Open on Sunday to reach her second successive grand slam quarter-final.

Bouchard, the 18th seed, was all over the Kerber serve from the outset and the left-handed German was caught cold. She was 5-0 down before she could draw breath in the face of the Canadian’s accuracy, movement and variety of shot.