Journeyman Sergiy Stakhosky made a name for himself on a wild Wednesday at Wimbledon. Playing on Centre Court for the very first time in his career, the 116th-ranked Stakhovsky scored the biggest upset of the season beating 7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 67(5), 76(5), 75, 76(5).
“You’re playing the guy and then you’re playing his legend, which is following him because he won it seven times,” the 27-year-old Stakhosky said after the 3-hour match. “He’s holding all possible career records here, I think, winning matches and everything. You’re playing two of them.
“When you’re beating one, you still have the other one who is pressing you. You’re saying, ‘Am I about to beat him? Is it possible?’”
It was possible and the win was his first ever against a Top 20 players in 21 tries.
“It was magic. I couldn’t play any better today. I played everything I needed and wanted to do. I volleyed incredibly well today. It was a fantastic day for me.”
Cheered on by his wife Anfisa Bulgakova from the stands, Stakhovsky nearly let it go after losing a break lead in the fourth set. But composed himself just enough to pull off the upset in the breaker and end Federer’s 36 Grand Slam quarterfinal streak.
“Right now I can definitely tell my grandkids, ‘I kicked the butt of Roger Federer’,” he said.
Stakhovsky now moves on to play Jurgen Melzer on Friday in his first Wimbledon third round.
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