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Federer falls to Simon

TORONTO: Roger Federer’s troubled season continued when he followed his crushing loss in the Wimbledon final with a shock 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round of the Toronto Masters here on Wednesday.

“The hard court season just started so it is not the end of the world but I wish I could have started better,” Federer said.

“I have to regroup and look forward. The bigger picture is the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open and those are the places I really want to win.”

In the doubles event, Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas entered the quarterfinals after their opponents Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick of the United States pulled out of their second round match due to a knee injury to the former.

Sania knocked out

Meanwhile, China’s Yuan Meng beat India’s Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the East West Bank Classic at Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Important results: At Toronto (Rogers Cup): Second round: David Ferrer bt Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-4; Rafael Nadal bt Jesse Levine 6-4, 6-2; Richard Gasquet bt Alexandre Kudryavtseva 7-5, 6-3; Dmitry Tursunov bt Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6(6); Nikolay Davydenko bt Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6(6); James Blake bt Jonas Bjorkman 1-6, 6-1, 6-2; Gilles Simon bt Roger Federer 2-6, 7-5, 6-4; Andy Murray bt Thomas Johansson 6-4, 6-4; Stanislas Wawrinka bt Marat Safin 6-3, 6-4. First round: Marat Safin bt Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-3. Doubles: Second round: Mahesh Bhupathi & Mark Knowles w.o. Mardy Fish & Andy Roddick.

At Los Angeles (East West Bank Classic): Second round: Jelena Jankovic bt Vania King 7-5, 6-2; Yuan Meng bt Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-3; Bethanie Mattek bt Nicole Vaidisova 6-4, 6-0; Dinara Safina bt Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-2; Samantha Stosur bt Regina Kulikova 7-6(4), 7-5; Melinda Czink bt Olga Savchuk 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; Ai Sugiyama bt Patty Schnyder 6-4, 7-5; Melanie South bt Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2; Vera Zvonereva bt Jill Craybas 6-4, 7-6(2).

At Portoroz (Slovenia Open): Second round: Caroline Wozniacki bt Karolina Sprem 6-1, 6-1; Petra Martic bt Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3); Anabel Medina Garrigues bt Julia Vakulenko 6-4, 6-4; Vera Dushevina bt Katie O’Brien 6-3, 6-2. — Agencies

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