Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon 2013 by Sergiy Stakhovsky

Posted by Siva Kumar Ari
On one of the most surprising days at Wimbledon ever, this may have been the most surprising. Sergiy Stakhovsky knocked out seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6. It was the first time in 21 tries that Stakhovsky had ever beaten a top 10 player.

At one point in the match ESPN flashed a graphic showing that Stakhovsky had 12 grass court wins while Federer had 13 grass court titles.

Federer, who had made 36 consecutive major quarterfinals, played poorly at times shanking a handful of forehand volleys but the winner was masterful with his serve and volley game. On several points he got Federer in a position in which he couldn't return a shot or could only return it in a dangerous place. The day also saw Lleyton Hewitt and Maria Sharapova getting upset and it was a day of injuries and retirement. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka and John Isner among the six players to retire or not start a match due to injuries. In addition, Caroline Wozniacki lost in straight sets after injuring her ankle early in her match.

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