Stan Wawrinka ousts Roger Federer, reaches French semifinals

— -- PARIS -- "Stan The Man" lived up to his billing Tuesday, beating 17-time Grand Slam champion  Roger Federer in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the French Open.

Stan Wawrinka, who has that slogan embossed on the handle of his rackets, beat his Swiss Davis Cup teammate 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to reach the semifinal of a Grand Slam event for the fourth time in his career.

Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champ, was too formidable on a windy afternoon, his powerful groundstrokes cutting through gusts that topped 30 mph on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

It was a rare win against his friend -- only his third in 19 career matches between the two. Federer, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, had been 4-0 against Wawrinka in Grand Slam events.

Federer, the 2009 champ who bowed out prior to the semifinals for the third year in a row, failed to break his opponent's serve in a Grand Slam match for just the first time since 2002 US Open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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