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Wozniacki slumps to dismal defeat

Caroline Wozniacki's performance yesterday was about as awful and bloodless as the Parisian tennis set will ever see from a world No 1 and top seed.

Playing vanilla forehand after vanilla forehand down the middle of the court, or missing the court entirely, Wozniacki won only four games as she slumped to 6-1 6-3 third-round defeat to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova.

If ever there was an occasion that showed how devalued the No 1 ranking has become in the women's game, it was yesterday, with Wozniacki looking nothing like a future Grand Slam champion.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, produced a terrific performance to beat 29th seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-1 6-4 6-3.

With Novak Djokovic taking over the fight for world No 1 with Rafael Nadal, Federer has found himself playing third wheel at the top of the men's game this season. But, if his form against Tipsarevic is anything to go by, then being out of the limelight has certainly not done the 29-year-old any harm.

Federer feels he is in a better place than he was 12 months ago, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Robin Soderling. "I'm at peace with my game right now," he said. "Physically I feel better. I've had more practice and more matches."

Big-hitting Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Stanislas Wawrinka await in the fourth round and, if he gets through that, he is likely to face David Ferrer.

Ferrer, the seventh seed, has been in superb form and blitzed 31st seed Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-1 6-1 6-3 to set up a clash with ninth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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