Roger Federer has been defeated in a stunning upset at Wimbledon 2013 by 116th ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky. That puts the seven-time Wimbledon champion on the wrong side of one of the most unbelievable defeats in the tournament’s history.
According to a brief CNN report, the 27-year-old underdog from the Ukraine “fought back from losing the opening set 7-6 before winning 7-6 7-5 7-5 to mark the greatest triumph of his career and end Federer’s record of making 36 consecutive grand slam quarterfinals.”
BBC Sport said that the crushing defeat has brought an end to Roger Federer’s amazing run of Grand Slam QF appearances that began with the 2004 Wimbledon.
It has been a day of upsets. The BBC said that he’s the seventh in a string of former Wimbledon winners to get knocked out of the tournament. “Absolute carnage” was their reporter’s description of the line of upsets and injuries that has taken out Maria Sharapova, Lleyton Hewitt, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, and Caroline Wozniacki.
Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis released a defensive statement that said it wasn’t the fault of the court surface: “[M]any players have complimented us on the very good condition of the courts. The court preparation has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years.”
The match was a much closer game than anyone had expected in advance. The world came to a standstill to watch the final tiebreak.
I know you're busy but Federer is playing a Ukrainian guy in the 2nd round of Wimbledon in a 4th set tie-break & he might lose the match!
— Julie Westfall (@JulieWestfall) June 26, 2013
— Smithy (@iamsmithy) June 26, 2013
Federer just lost in 4 sets That was a good match tho. Every set went to tie break
— Carter G Woodson (@4LoQoJones) June 26, 2013
I don't believe it, Federer out!!!! Unbelievable tie break. Thoroughly deserved.
— Mark Crowley (@markycrowley) June 26, 2013
Check out this guide to previous amazing Wimbledon upsets. Maybe it will put Roger Federer’s amazing defeat at Wimbledon 2013 into perspective — or maybe not.