Roger Federer’s quest to capture a record-setting eighth title at Wimbledon came to an abrupt end after a wild Wednesday, as the unheralded Sergiy Stakhovsky overcame the superstar in the second round, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6, according to Wimbledon’s Twitter feed:
It was an intense match between the No. 3-ranked Swiss legend and the No. 116-ranked Ukrainian, but ultimately, the underdog prevailed and kept Fed from his goal of breaking his tie with Pete Sampras as a seven-time winner at SW19.
The upset ends Federer’s streak of 36 straight appearances in Grand Slam quarterfinals, which began in 2004 at Wimbledon, as per BBC Sport:
Roger Federer’s run of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (starting in 2004 at Wimbledon) is now over.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 26, 2013
Federer spoke on the end of his impressive streak:
#Federer on broken QF streak: "Great number, very happy about it. Wish it wasn't going to end here. Don't think I'm gong to mourn it."— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 26, 2013
Roger Federer: 1st loss to a player ranked outside top 100 since 2005 when he lost to No. 101 Richard Gasquet at Monte-Carlo— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 26, 2013
Federer played well, but Stakhovsky was able to alter his gameplan by constantly attacking and adapting based on the situation at hand. Stakhovsky was simply the better competitor, as he remained composed in the face of overwhelming pressure and utilized a variety of brilliant tactics over the course of the match.
This was Stakhovsky’s first win against a top-10 opponent in his long career, as the 27-year-old turned pro back in 2003. He’s never advanced past the second round of Wimbledon, but did so today by eliminating the tournament’s greatest champion.
Federer spoke on what it was like to play against Stakhovsky:
#Federer: "He was uncomfortable to play against. He served and volleyed really well. I think he did really well. I struggled on big points."— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 26, 2013
Was this the most shocking upset of Wimbledon so far?
This loss marks another in what has been a flurry of upsets in London over the past few days.