Top seed Federer crashes out in Paris

Last updated at 16:16 29 May 2004


Gustavo Kuerten taught top seed Roger Federer a claycourt lesson on today, knocking the Swiss world number one out of the French Open with a scintillating 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory in the third round.

Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Federer, who lost in the first round at Roland Garros in 2002 and 2003, was made to look ordinary by the Brazilian.

Kuerten, who remains the darling of the Paris crowd after his three wins in 1997, 2000 and 2001, has been dogged by hip problems in recent years but he dominated from the start.

The 27-year-old Brazilian reduced Federer's outstanding all-round game to a sorry collection of mis-timed shots and wayward placement on centre court.

Kuerten sealed his comprehensive victory with a huge first serve after two hours four minutes.

The 28th seed will play either Spanish 23rd seed Feliciano Lopez or South Korean lucky loser Lee Hyung-taik in the last 16.

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