The carnage continues at Wimbledon, as ATP No. 3 Roger Federer lost to 116th-ranked Sergey Stakhovsky on Wednesday 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6.
With seven tournament victories — more Wimbledon wins than any player ever — Federer's credentials are all but impeccable at the All England Club. This is the earliest he's been bounced from Wimbledon since 2002, when he lost in the first round.
But on this day, Federer was a shadow of the champion that he's been. He was never able to find his groove against Stakhovsky, making unforced errors and allowing himself to be pushed around the court in a very un-Federer-like way.
On a larger scale, this ends a stunning run for Federer, who had reached the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam event since the 2004 French Open.
"Still in disbelief that this happened," Stakhovsky said afterward. "I was playing my best tennis, and that still almost wasn't enough ... When you're playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon, it's like playing against two persons."
Previously, Stakhovsky was best known as the guy who brought an iPhone to the court in the French Open to protest a call. This will likely polish his reputation just a bit.
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