French Open, Day 8: Federer falls as Djokovic impresses

Shane Bacon
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Roger Federer says goodbye to his fans in Paris — Getty Images
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While Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber were epic in the sense of time and a carry-over (Murray won the Saturday-suspended match 12-10 in the fifth set as they continued on Sunday), the play by Maria Sharapova when she dropped the opening set to Samantha Stosur 6-3 was one of the most impressive turnarounds of the day.

Sharapova won the second set 6-4, and then rolled over Stosur in the third 6-0, her third bagel of this French Open to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

And then there was Novak Djokovic, the favorite on his side of the draw to make the finals next weekend. Djokovic was up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a man who loves to play spoiler in these Grand Slams, but Djokovic came out and absolutely pounded everything Tsonga threw at him, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-1.

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It is never fun watching legends age past their prime. Roger Federer, now 32, has worked harder than anyone the last year to improve his game, tweak equipment and find a way to still be competitive as Father Time continues to say he can't.

On Sunday at the French Open, it was another sign that Federer is not the man he once was. Federer lost to Ernests Gulbis in an epic five-setter, with Federer fighting to take the fourth set and extend the match only to go down 6-3 in the deciding fifth.

As Stephanie Myles points out, this is the first time that Federer has been bounced before the quarterfinals at the French Open since '04, and it marks the seventh straight Grand Slam that has Federer losing before the finals.

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Andy Murray was pumped up in Paris — Getty Images
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Andy Murray was pumped up in Paris — Getty Images

 

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He might have lost, but Roger Federer's Nike outfits are always on point — Getty Images
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He might have lost, but Roger Federer's Nike outfits are always on point — Getty Images

 

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These Andy Murray fans were great, but come on guy on the end, no funny hat?! — Getty Images
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These Andy Murray fans were great, but come on guy on the end, no funny hat?! — Getty Images

 

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“It was the best win of my career. A five-set win over Roger Federer – that’s really big. He's a human being. He gets tight too. But it’s a big upset, a big win for me.” — Ernests Gulbis

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Day 9 at the French Open will showcase Rafael Nadal, Sloane Stephens and Gael Monfils all trying to make the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Despite having to complete his fourth round match on Sunday, Andy Murray will be back on Monday to face Fernando Verdasco in his fourth-round match.