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PARIS - So unbeatable for so long until the closing days of Grand Slam tournaments, Roger Federer is suddenly accumulating early exits. Federers streak of nine consecutive quarter-finals at the French Open ended Sunday with a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 fourth-round loss to 18th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. "A lot of regrets," Federer said. "I just couldnt kind of figure it out." The 17-time Grand Slam champion had not left Roland Garros so soon since 2004, when he was beaten in the third round by Gustavo Kuerten. After that decade-old setback, though, Federer made at least the quarter-finals at a record 36 consecutive major tournaments, a streak that ended with a second-round loss at Wimbledon last year. Federer also put together record Slam runs of 10 finals and 23 semifinals in a row when he was at his dominant best. Now the 32-year-old Federer has bowed out before the quarter-finals at three of the last four majors. "I think it was the biggest, probably, win of my career," said Gulbis, who most certainly could have dispensed with the word "probably." Addressing spectators who sang Federers first name between points, Gulbis said: "Im sorry I had to win. I know all of you like Roger." The result fit with the topsy-turvy nature of this tournament: Both reigning Australian Open champions, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 2 Li Na, lost in the first round; No. 1 Serena Williams left in the second round. Gulbis now plays No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who eliminated the last American man, No. 10 John Isner. In another quarter-final, No. 2 Novak Djokovic will face No. 8 Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and No. 24 Fernando Verdasco set up a fourth-round meeting by finishing off victories in matches suspended Saturday night because of fading light. In womens action, 2012 champion Maria Sharapova ran off the last nine games to come back and beat No. 19 Samantha Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 for a quarter-final berth against 35th-ranked Garbine Muguruza of Spain, the 20-year-old who stunned Williams last week. No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard, from Montreal, will face No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in another quarter-final. The fourth-seeded Federers resume includes the 2009 French Open title, and he was a four-time runner-up in Paris to Rafael Nadal. But Federer was hardly in top form Sunday, making 59 unforced errors and getting broken twice while serving for a set. That included at 5-3, 40-15 in the second, when Federer sent an overhead right to Gulbis, who whipped a backhand passing winner. "I was lucky, I have to say," Gulbis said about that point. "I was really lucky." Said Federer: "Things got tough from then on for, like, a half-hour for me." He lost the last five points of the second-set tiebreaker, then dropped the third set, too. Another key moment came when Gulbis left the court with a trainer to take a medical timeout while trailing 5-2 in the fourth. As he walked out, Gulbis motioned to Federer, as if asking for permission to go. When Gulbis returned, some fans jeered and whistled at him, and he pointed to his lower back as if to say, "Hey, I was injured." At his news conference, Federer alternated between sounding a little perturbed about the lengthy intermission — and resigned to the idea that what Gulbis did was within the rules. "In the past, I guess, its been abused much more than today, but still, what can you tell?" Federer said. "He didnt look hurt in any way. But if you can use it, you know, might as well do it." Gulbis strokes had momentarily gone astray before that break, but afterward, the 25-year-old Gulbis once again displayed the big-hitting tennis that had many marking him as a future star when he was a teenager. He won 10 of the next 12 points, punctuating shots with exhales that sounded like growls. The fifth set was all Gulbis, who hadnt been to the quarter-finals at a major tournament since the 2008 French Open. Hes spoken openly about focusing more on enjoying the nightlife than perfecting his craft, and drew attention last week for saying he wouldnt encourage his younger sisters to pursue professional tennis because a woman "needs to think about family, needs to think about kids." In the concluding set, Gulbis raced to a 3-0 lead, thanks largely to Federer miscues. In the second game, Federer netted backhands and forehands to offer up break points, then pushed a forehand wide to give Gulbis a lead he never relinquished. After that miss, Federer grabbed a ball and swatted it in anger straight up in the air, a rare sign of exasperation from him. "Hes Roger Federer, but he also gets tight, you know," Gulbis said. "Hes probably going to make (that forehand) seven out of 10 (times). 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And as testing has slipped, positive drug tests have climbed. Since a scandal at the University of Waterloo in 2010, 14 CIS football players have tested positive for banned substances (taken from 1,399 urine tests and 142 blood tests over that period). The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) has had four violations recorded - three of them in football and one in soccer (taken from 18 urine tests over that period). Three more of the top CIS players tested positive at a CFL-financed training camp in Edmonton in March, TSN reported Thursday. There have also been positive drug tests in other sports, both of university and college athletes. In the wake of TSNs report Thursday, the head of Canadian Interuniversity Sport said he plans to ask officials with the federal and provincial governments, as well as national sports organizations and amateur sports groups, to consider meeting at a summit to discuss whether more can be done to improve drug testing protocols in Canada. "Canada is a leading force around the world for innovation and for taking a stand on clean sport and we need to keep it going to do everything we can to help have clean sport," said Pierre Lafontaine.PC Member of Parliament Bal Gosal, Canadas sports minister, couldnt be reached for comment. Lafontaines remarks come as Doug MacQuarrie, the CCESs chief operating officer, told TSN that provincial governments and Canadian companies should begin funding anti-doping efforts. "To date corporate Canada has been conspicuously absent in funding support for Canadas anti-doping efforts," MacQuarrie said. "They derive great benefit through association with sport. There is a tremendous opportunity for them to signal the type of sport (clean sport) that they wish to associate with." Ira Jacobs, dean of the University of Torontos kinesiology and physical education department said in an interview that Canadiaan officials should consider new testing technologies to help cut testing costs.dddddddddddd For instance, the CCES could have a single team urinate into a bucket and test the combined waste. "You analyze it and if its positive you go back and test the whole team individually," Jacobs said. "The odds are that wont happen very often." Jacobs said the CCES might also narrow the types of drugs it tests for. Its not necessary to test football players for stamina-boosting drugs that cyclists or marathon runners might turn to. Jacobs also said the CCES could take samples from every athlete without testing all of the samples. "Research suggests the most effective deterrent for athletes is the perception of how frequently they are tested, not education about potential side effects." He said one technique might involved "not doing the testing but pretending you are." Bob Copeland, the former athletic director at the University of Waterloo, said the CCES should also consider having lower-cost U.S. labs test results. MacQuarrie said that it can be a slippery slope when organizers find ways to cut costs. "The challenge is we have a best in class and world standard," he said. "You have to determine a comfort level of stepping away from that." For instance, he said taking samples but not testing them would be wrong. "International standards for doping control say that an organization cant collect a human sample without submitting it to the agreed to rigour," he said. "It corrupts the whole process. If you collect a sample, you have to process it. Why submit an individual to the violation of privacy to collect a sample if its going to be poured down a sink?" Richard Peddie, a former CIS board member and former chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said the CIS should ramp up efforts to generate revenue. Several U.S. schools recently signed licensing agreements with Nike for the sports company to produce school-branded running shoes. Popular Canadian schools like McGill, the University of Toronto or UBC might have similar appeal, and with the added revenue, schools could contribute more money towards drug testing protocols.There are modest signs of progress. MacQuarrie said the Canadian Olympic Committee last year made a financial contribution to the CCES, as has the CFL. CIS schools will follow suit this year, and so will national sports organizations.That money cant come soon enough, Jacobs said. "Im concerned about a safe playing ground and being able to afford it," he said. "Right now we cant afford to do the testing thats mandated by (the World Anti-Doping Agency)." 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