Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 27th 2013 Contents LONDON---Seven-time champion
Roger Federer was stunned by
116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky
in the second round of Wimbledon
yesterday, his earliest loss in a
Grand Slam tournament in ten
The 27-year-old Ukrainian out-
played Federer on Centre Court,
serving and volleying his way to a
6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory
that stands out as one of the biggest
upsets in Grand Slam history.
"Magic," Stakhovsky said. "I
couldn t play any better today."
The result capped a chaotic day
at Wimbledon when seven players
were forced out by injuries, and for-
mer champion Maria Sharapova fell
in the second round to a qualifier.
Seven former No 1-ranked players
all departed the tournament yes-
Federer s loss ended his record
streak of reaching at least the quar-
terfinals at 36 consecutive Grand
Slam tournaments, a run that began
at Wimbledon in 2004, shortly after
a third-round exit at that year s
"It s always a disappointment
losing any match around the world,
and particularly here," Federer said.
"I ve had some great moments here,
but also some tougher ones. Can t
have em all. It was a tough loss
The owner of a record 17 major
championships, Federer hadn t been
beaten in the second round or earlier
since a first-round defeat at the
2003 French Open.
The 31-year-old Federer said he
won t "panic" and will work hard
to come back stronger.
"I m looking forward to what s
to come," he said. "Looking forward
to next year, that I can do better
Federer said the end of his quar-
terfinal run does not represent the
end of an era.
"I still have plans to play for many
more years to come," he said. " It s
normal that after all of a sudden
losing early after being in the quar-
ters 36 times, people feel it s dif-
Federer s shock defeat was his
earliest at the All England Club
since a first-round loss in 2002 to
No 154-ranked Mario Ancic.
Stakhovsky is the lowest-ranked
player to beat Federer at any event
Yesterday s defeat came on the
same grass court Federer has made
his own for nearly a decade.
It ended with Stakhovsky con-
verting on his second match point,
a 13-stroke rally that finished with
Federer hitting a backhand wide.
Stakhovsky fell onto his back in
celebration. He later bowed to the
crowd as Federer walked off the
court with a quick wave.
"I m still in disbelief," Stakhovsky
said. "When you play Roger Federer
at Wimbledon it s like you are play-
ing two persons. First you play Roger
Federer, then you play his ego, and
on the Centre Court of Wimbledon,
where he is historical. So that s like
playing two against one."
Federer s defeat was the biggest
shock on a day full of shocks.
Earlier, third-seeded Sharapova,
the 2004 Wimbledon champion,
was stunned 6-3, 6-4 by 131st-
ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito
of Portugal in the second round.
Sharapova slipped and fell several
times on the grass on Court 2 and
received medical treatment from
the trainer in the second set.
It wasn t serious enough to force
Sharapova to quit, as so many others
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Federer stunned in 2nd round by Stakhovsky
did yesterday either by walkover or mid-
Among the casualties: second-seeded
Victoria Azarenka (walkover, right knee),
men s No six Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (retire-
ment, left knee), John Isner (retirement,
left knee) and Steve Darcis (walkover,
right shoulder). Darcis was the man who
stunned two-time champion Rafael
Nadal in the first round Monday.
Also out: tenth-seeded Marin Cilic
(walkover, left knee); 2006 quarterfinalist
Radek Stepanek (retirement, left ham-
string); and Yaroslava Shvedova
(walkover, right arm).
The International Tennis Federation
said the seven players forced out is
believed to be the most in one day at
any Grand Slam event in the 45 years
of the Open era.
"I would say (it s a) very black day,"
Cilic said of the spate of injury with-
drawals. "The other days, other weeks,
there were no pullouts. Everything just
If that wasn t enough, the tournament
lost all those former No one players:
Sharapova, Azarenka, Caroline Wozni-
acki, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic
among the women, and Federer and
Lleyton Hewitt among the men.
With Azarenka and Sharapova gone,
the prospect of Serena Williams lifting
the women s trophy for a sixth time look
even stronger. Williams, who is riding
a 32-match winning streak, had already
been considered the overwhelming title
There were a few moments of nor-
mality on this crazy day at the All Eng-
Second-seeded Andy Murray
advanced easily to the third round with
a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Yen-hsun
Lu of Taiwan on Court 1.
Azarenka, the two-time Australian
Open champion, pulled out after hurting
her right knee in her opening-round win
against Maria Joao Koehler. She withdrew
minutes before her second-round match
against Flavia Pennetta.
It s only the second time in the Open
era that a women s player seeded in the
top two has conceded a match by
walkover at any Grand Slam. The last
time it happened was in 1974 at the
French Open when second-seeded
Nancy Richey pulled out before a match.
Murray s victory came not long after
his potential quarterfinal opponent,
Tsonga, retired with a left knee injury
while trailing Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 6-3,
Darcis withdrew a few hours before
his scheduled match against Lukasz
Kubot of Poland. He said he hurt his
right shoulder while diving for a shot in
the first set of his win against Nadal.
The tournament also lost 2002 cham-
pion Hewitt, who was ousted by 189th-
ranked German qualifier Dustin Brown,
6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2.
The dreadlocked Brown, who switched
nationality from Jamaica in 2010, was
in tears after beating the Australian.
"I cried like a little girl," said Brown,
who has played mainly on the lower-
tier challenger circuit in 2013 and had
never won a match at Wimbledon until
Isner, the 18th-seeded American,
retired during his second-round match
against Adrian Mannarino of France after
only two games. (AP)
Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine reacts as he wins against Roger Federer of
Switzerland in their Men's second round singles match at the All England
Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Federer lost
6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 7-6 (7-5). AP PHOTO
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