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That’s true. Robredo went 4 for 7; Federer was 2 for 16, including 0 for 12 in the last two sets.

Soaked with perspiration, Federer flubbed a backhand to waste the last of five break points he had in the fourth game of what turned out to be the final set. He kicked the offending ball, a rare sign of frustration from the generally unflappable Federer.

“The story of my life,” Federer said afterward. “When I lose, people are shell-shocked to see me play this way.”