Roger Federer stunned by Julien Benneteau in Rotterdam

Federer was clearly off the boil from the start, beginning with an ace but losing the first game. He was broken three times in the first set in a shocking display from the top seed and heavy crowd favourite at the Ahoy stadium.

updated: February 16, 2013 09:53 IST
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Rotterdam, Netherlands: Frenchman Julien Benneteau sent defending champion Roger Federer crashing out of the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament on Friday with a stunning 6-3, 7-5 quarter-final upset.

Federer, who lifted the trophy in his last two appearances in 2005 and 2012, last suffered defeat in the event against Tim Henman in 2004.

"I'm very disappointed, I have some regrets about this match," said Federer, who came back from two sets to love down to beat Benneteau in the third round of Wimbledon last year.

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  • Julien Benneteau
  • David Ferrer
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Bernard Tomic
  • Andy Murray
  • Novak Djokovic