WORLD No2 Roger Federer immediately switched his focus to securing an eighth Wimbledon title after crashing out of the French Open at the quarter-final stage yesterday.
Second seed Federer, who won at Roland Garros in 2009, slumped to a straight-sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) defeat to compatriot and Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss last-eight tie.
It was the first time since the 2002 US Open that Federer had failed to break serve in a Major, while the 33-year-old will have to wait until the grass-court season to bolster his haul of 17 grand slam trophies.
“I’m already thinking what I’m going to do over the next few days, because Wimbledon is going to be a big goal for the season,” said Federer. “That’s where I want to play my best. It’s a big goal for me. I want to win it.”
Former Australian Open champion Wawrinka will now face 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four after the Frenchman withstood a fightback from Japan’s Kei Nishikori to win 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3. Play had to be suspended after a large piece of metal panelling was dislodged in high winds and fell into the crowd, injuring three spectators.
Tsonga is bidding to end a 32-year wait for a home winner at the French Open, with Yannick Noah’s victory in 1983 the last.
Seventh seed Ana Ivanovic, meanwhile, produced a slick performance to dispatch Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, and reach her first grand slam semi-final for seven years.
Serbia’s Ivanovic, who has made four previous semi-final appearances at a Major, will play Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova, who is seeded 13th, for a place in Saturday’s final.
Safarova revived the form which saw her overpower defending champion and world No2 Maria Sharapova on Monday to record a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over Muguruza.