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Federer loses to Blake in quarters at Beijing Olympics
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21:39, August 14, 2008

Swiss world number one Roger Federer lost to American eighth seed James Blake in the men's singles quarterfinals of the Olympic tennis event on Thursday.

In a match delayed by rain for three hours, Federer was playing below standard, slumping at 6-4, 7-6(2) in just one hour and 30 minutes.

Federer had already looked shaky in the opening set, making more unforced errors and was totally outclassed by the American in baseline and serve.

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a hit against Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in the first round of the men's singles of the Olympic tennis competition in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Federer beat Tursunov 2-0.

Both players held serve in the first nine games of the opening set, but a long forehand from Federer gave Blake a break point with the Swiss serving at 4-5. Blake converted on it to draw the first blood after Federer drove the ball into the net.

In the second set, Federer had no signs of recovery, being broken in his first service game. Despite breaking back in Blake's next serve, Federer still handed the set and the whole match after losing the tie- break at 7-2.


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