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Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka: Score and Reaction from 2015 French Open

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2015

Switzerland's Roger Federer, left, and Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka pose for photographers prior to their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Francois Mori/Associated Press

Stan Wawrinka earned his first-ever win over Roger Federer at a Grand Slam event Tuesday, beating his countryman 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) in a gruelling quarter-final clash at the 2015 French Open.

It was Wawrinka who started quicker on the clay at Roland Garros. An early break of Federer's serve staked Wawrinka into a fast 2-1 lead in the opening set.

Powerful backhand shots from the world No. 8 consistently gave Federer problems. Wawrinka soon edged into a 3-2 advantage.

Wawrinka showed no fear against his illustrious opponent, and his bravado led to some exceptional shots, including this game-winner, as the official Roland Garros Twitter feed relayed:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

WATCH: @stanwawrinka unfazed by #Federer at the net; breaks the No.2 seed w/ this winner. #RG15 https://t.co/2KZZatZLr1

Both players struggled adapting to a strong wind blowing across the court. Federer also appeared a little fatigued, as rain delays had forced an extra day's play in his Round 4 match against Frenchman Gael Monfils. At times against Wawrinka, the 33-year-old looked as though he didn't quite have the power in his legs to push off effectively when he approached the net.

Having played 24 hours earlier, Federer sometimes even struggled to keep his footing. One fall in the seventh game had many concerned, including Sports Illustrated's Courtney Nguyen:

Courtney Nguyen @FortyDeuceTwits

Oof. That fall did not look fun, Roger.

For an idea of how tough the conditions were, USA Today's Nick McCarvel described an incident on the Philippe-Chatrier Court during Kei Nishikori's quarter-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga:

Nick McCarvel @NickMcCarvel

Play's been stopped on Chatrier after debris flew off a lg. stadium board in the top corner of the stadium. Unclear if ppl are injured #RG15

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times detailed some of the damage caused during the incident:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

A teary child in a black Nike hat escorted out of stadium as he holds his head, and another older man waving as he's walked out. #RG15

Rothenberg also relayed an official statement from Roland Garros relaying the extent of the damage caused among the crowd:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

An official statement. Trying to determine just how minor the injuries are... https://t.co/YKKv1C5OQs

Back on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court, Wawrinka's early break always kept him in front. He eventually served to close out the first set with a 6-4 advantage.

Federer struggled with the conditions and committed numerous errors in his serve and volley game. By contrast, Wawrinka made his shots count:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

#Wawrinka fires off 20 winners en route to capturing 1st set 6-4 v #Federer. Settle in fans, this should be a battle! http://t.co/ChBQ7MXmwx

With the wind warming up, the surface became a little slippery underfoot, but that didn't stop Federer from reasserting the power in his serve to open the second set.

That power prevented Wawrinka from repelling the serve with the same success he'd enjoyed early on. Federer blasted his way to a first-game win.

But just as Federer tried to bludgeon his way back into the match, Wawrinka became the bully again when he resumed serve. He evened the score after dropping just a single point in the second game.

A clearly rattled Federer soon needed treatment between games, per the ESPN Tennis Twitter feed:

If Federer was buckling at this point, he soon looked close to crumbling altogether. Just as he did in the opening set, Wawrinka scored a major advantage:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

We have our answer... #Wawrinka gets his 2nd break of the match to take a 4-3 lead in the 2nd set. #RG15 http://t.co/GDfHxFiavi

That break staked Wawrinka to a shocking two-set lead. Federer was certainly reeling as he struggled to deal with Wawrinka's backhand.

Wawrinka was essentially muscling Federer off the court, per the Sports Illustrated Tennis Twitter account:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Stan Wawrinka absolutely overpowering Roger Federer right now. 27 winners, 18 unforced errors.

ESPN analyst and tennis coach Brad Gilbert felt the younger Swiss was dealing with the conditions better than his fancied opponent:

Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation

Stanimal has come with guns blazing these 1st 2sets vs Fedfan, impressive ball striking through the breeze + fearhand large and in charge

Federer continued to struggle every time he approached the net. He just wasn't quick enough covering ground and reacting to the pace of Wawrinka's backhand:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

UPSET ALERT: Stan Wawrinka breaks again and he leads Roger Federer 64 63. Federer keeps charging the net, gets passed. 7/15 at net. #RG15

With his anticipation just a little off, Federer again tried to re-establish power in his first serve, but every time he gained an edge, Wawrinka soon pegged him back.

In fact, it was Federer who really struggled to handle the service game:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

#Federer has only won 19 points off of #Wawrinka's serve. The No.8 seed leads 4-3 in the 3rd. #RG15

He couldn't muster the same forehand shots that defined Wawrinka's impressive return game. The groundstrokes continued to pay off big for the 30-year-old:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Groundstroke winners in matches on right now: Wawrinka - 28 Tsonga - 16 Federer - 9 Nishikori - 8 #RG15

Federer continued to experience trouble with the wind. Needing to break to stay in the match, he floated a backhand hopelessly out. The missed point symbolised his issues throughout the day.

But the weather wasn't disturbing Wawrinka's serve. He continued to send aces whistling beyond Federer's reach at breathtaking speed.

Leading 6-5, Wawrinka had the chance to force his third decisive break in as many sets, amid an increasingly anxious and vocal, pro-Federer crowd.

But serving to stay in it, Federer forced a tiebreaker. A particularly tense first point went Wawrinka's way. Suddenly, though, a fatigued-looking Federer appeared to find new life. He took the next two points.

Yet a resolute Wawrinka refused to wilt under the pressure. He soon ripped yet another backhand up the line to go 3-2 in front.

Controversy followed when Federer let Wawrinka take a disputed point:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Big forehand from Wawrinka and it clips the line. Called out. Federer concedes but wants the point replayed. No go. It’s 4-3 Stan.

That ultimately proved the clinching moment. Wawrinka wrapped up the tiebreak to complete a stunning straight-sets demolition of arguably the greatest player in tennis history.

Wawrinka pinpointed how his win at the Australian Open has given him the confidence to beat the sport's top players, per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times:

Christopher Clarey @christophclarey

Wawrinka: "Since I won the Australian Open I always know I'm capable of beating the best"

It's a major disappointment for Federer, but the world No. 2 simply never grew comfortable against Wawrinka's power.

In particular, he failed to repel the serve. Federer's struggles in this area were historic, according to FiveThirtyEight's Carl Bialik:

Carl Bialik @CarlBialik

Federer hasn't broken serve, something he has done at least once in each of 291 Grand Slam matches since '02 @usopen: http://t.co/WHPWDIG5TH

A clearly thrilled and slightly shocked Wawrinka also expressed his surprise at how much success he enjoyed against a previously perennial nemesis:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

"I'm really proud for the match...I'm bit surprised to win that match in 3 sets but it's great feeling." #StanTheMan http://t.co/j6BB9xShV9

For Federer, the chase for an elusive Grand Slam victory continues, with the star having failed to capture a major victory since Wimbledon in 2012. Federer will turn 34 in August, and it's a race against time for 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Still, he was magnanimous enough to praise Wawrinka's efforts in pressure situations:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

.@rogerfederer:"[@stanwawrinka] was clutch on the big points & really didn't give me much, so it was a credit to him for playing so well."

With Federer out, the winner of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's quarter-final will likely become the outright favourite. Wawrinka may have to play even better to overcome either player, assuming he can get past the winner of the Tsonga-Nishikori match in the semi-final.