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French Open: Roger Federer knocked out, Nadal, Djokovic cruise 

Roger Federer was knocked out in the French open by Latvian Ernests Gulbis in five sets. The 17 time Grand Slam winner was beaten by 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 4-6 6-3 despite leading a set and up in a tie break. A victory here in the fourth round would have taken the 32-year-old Swiss into a record 42nd major quarter-final. Gulbis will now face eight seed Thomas Berdych next in the quarter finals as the Czech made light work of American John Isner beating him in staright sets by 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Novak Djokovic was in cruise mode as he dispatched local favourite Jo Wilfred Tsonga by 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, the Frenchman being outplayed, outclassed and out thought by the Serbian World Number two.

Defending Champions Rafael Nadal also breezed his way into the last eight picking up his 31st victory at Roland Garros. Afterwards, Nadal thanked the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd in French for supporting him and told them “a lot of memories come through my mind” whenever he plays in that stadium. The last time Nadal won 31 in a row in Paris, he failed to get No.32, losing in the fourth round in 2009 to Robin Soderling.

That remains Nadal’s only defeat in 63 matches at the tournament. Fifth seed David Ferrer who lost to Nadal in last year’s final, got to the fourth round by defeating Andreas Seppi 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3.

Andy Murray held his nerve to win 12-10 in a fifth set shoot-out against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at the French Open. The third-round match resumed at 7-7 in the final set after bad light had halted play on Saturday. Murray saved a break point before converting his second match point to win 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 12-10 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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