Roger Federer Upset By Sergiy Stakhovsky at 2013 Wimbledon

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJune 26, 2013

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:

Federer spoke on the end of his impressive streak:

ESPN Stats & Info noted that this is the first loss Fed has suffered to a player ranked outside the top-100 since 2005, when he fell to Richard Gasquet at Monte-Carlo.

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:

This loss marks another in what has been a flurry of upsets in London over the past few days.

No. 3-seeded Rafael Nadal—coming off a huge victory at Roland Garros—was shockingly defeated in the first round, while No. 6-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire earlier in the day.

The bottom half of the men’s bracket is now Andy Murray’s to lose, as the No. 2-ranked Scottish star is now on a collision course to meet No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic in the finals of this event.