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Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after missing a point against France's Jeremy Chardy at the Italian open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Roger Federer appeared to lose focus in his first match back after the birth of his second set of twins, losing to 47th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Tennis: Federer beaten in return after boys’ birth in Rome
First Published May 14 2014 09:27 am • Last Updated May 15 2014 05:09 pm

Rome • Roger Federer appeared to lose focus in his first match back after the birth of his second set of twins, allowing a lead to slip away in a second-round defeat at the Italian Open on Wednesday.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner lost to 47th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

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Federer’s boys, Leo and Lenny, were born last week, prompting the fourth-ranked Swiss player to withdraw from the Madrid Open.

"This one is totally OK if it doesn’t hurt," Federer said. "I tried everything. I can’t do more than that on the court."

Meanwhile, Serena Williams showed no trouble — and no taping — from a left thigh injury that forced her to withdraw from Madrid. The top-ranked American beat 28th-ranked Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2.

Also, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray eliminated Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 7-5.

Federer had a match point in the tiebreaker but Chardy saved it with an improbable cross-court forehand on the run when it looked like Federer was about to close the match out.

"That passing shot is a tough one for me to take, because he’s not going to make that very often," Federer said. "But it happens and credit to him to fight his way back into the match and get it."

After cruising through the first set, Federer began to commit unforced errors at an alarming rate and Chardy quickly took advantage amid swirling wind at the Foro Italico.

"I wasn’t able to stretch the lead when I had it," Federer said.


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Federer committed 43 unforced errors — 20 in the second set alone — to Chardy’s 28. Federer also struggled to dictate play with his first serve.

"But at the end, it was shot here or there that decided the match," Federer said.

Chardy hadn’t beaten a top-10 player since defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of last year’s Australian Open.

Federer and wife Mirka also have twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, who turn 5 in July. But even with all the family distractions, Federer didn’t appear worried about his preparations for the French Open, which starts in 11 days.

"Everything is under control," Federer said, recalling that he reached the final of the Monte Carlos Masters last month. "I still feel good, my body is good, my mind is good and it’s just unfortunate for one passing shot today I don’t get another opportunity to play this week."

Also advancing was 15th-seeded Tommy Haas, who eliminated Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

In women’s play, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 and will next face 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, who rallied past Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Tenth-seeded Sara Errani swept aside Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-3; and 13th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro beat 1999 champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2.

Also, Varvara Lepchenko upset 16th-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-2 in an all-American match; American qualifier Christina McHale rallied to beat Italian wild card Camila Giorgi 1-6, 6-3, 6-1; and Australian veteran Sam Stosur defeated Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-2, 6-3.

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