Roger Federer was beaten in 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, 6-7 by Sergiy Stakhovsky who is currently ranked 116th in the world in the second round at his beloved Wimbledon. It was a strange day, just two days after Rafa Nadal went home in the first round, and on the same day where 7 player retired or withdrew with injury.
Defending champion and 17 time Grand Slam winner Roger saw his earliest Slam defeat in 10 years happen as a result of some phenomenal, and consistent, serve and volley tennis.
It was a beautiful and incredibly close match with Stakhovsky committing himself to play some amazing tennis – the likes of which you don’t see that commonly at Wimbledon any more.
After the match Stakhovsky said his win was “magic” and that he wasn’t quite sure how it happened because to beat Federer at Wimbledon you have to play two people: Roger & his ego.
The draw, which had looked to set up block buster quarterfinals, is now wide open.