Roger Federer Shrugs Off French Open Exit, Eyes 7th Wimbledon

If there is anyone who could get something positive out of a stunning loss, Roger Federer is that man. Federer said that there will be no need for introspection following his 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 4-6, loss to Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals at the French Open, adding that if anything, his early exit would mean more time to prepare for his quest for a seventh Wimbledon title.

“Honestly, I don’t look too deep into why I lost today,” Federer said after the defeat his run of 23-straight Grand Slam semifinal appearance. “For me, it’s very clear, very quickly. That’s why I think I can move away from this rather fast and concentrate on the grass season coming up.”

Aside from suffering his first loss in 12 meetings with Soderling, Federer could also lose the number one ranking if nemesis Rafael Nadal clinches his fifth Roland Garros title come Sunday. Without taking anything away from giant killer Soderling, who ended Nadal’s perfect Paris record last year, Federer blamed the rainy weather in Paris for his loss. “You can’t really practice with these kind of conditions,” Federer said, referring to the rain that caused his match to be interrupted by 75 minutes.

Soderling will face Tomas Berdych in the semifinals while Nadal is set to take on dangerous 19th seed and fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals.