Federer upset in clay-court opener

Updated: April 27, 2010, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Roger Federer has a long way to go if he wants to successfully defend his French Open title next month.

In his first singles match of the clay-court season, Federer lost to 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Tuesday in his Rome Masters opener.

The top-ranked Swiss will play two more tournaments -- in Estoril, Portugal, and Madrid -- before the start of the French Open on May 23.

"I hope I can come back from this. That's usually what I do after a loss ...

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