On a jaw-dropping Day Three at Wimbledon, seven former No. 1s were sent out of the tournament culminating with Roger Federer’s shock loss to Sergiy Stakhosky. The 27-year-old Stakhovsky who entered the match ranked No. 116 and with an 0-20 career record vs Top 10 players held his nerves together to beat the Swiss 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the second round at Wimbledon today.
“It’s always a disappointment losing any match,” the 7-time Wimbledon champion Federer said.
“I struggled on the big points maybe, this time again, like I have all season,” Federer said. “It was tricky but credit to him for closing it out.”
The ITF put the historic loss with these statistics:
1) It is Federer’s earliest defeat at Wimbledon since losing in the 1st round in 2002
2) It is Federer’s earliest defeat at a Slam since losing in the 1st round at 2003 Roland Garros
3) The result ends Federer’s run of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (starting at 2004 Wimbledon)
4) It is Federer’s worst defeat at a Grand Slam (or any event) since losing to No. 154 Mario Ancic in the 1st round at 2002 Wimbledon
5) It is Federer’s first defeat by a player ranked outside the Top 100 since losing to No. 101 Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals at 2005 Monte Carlo
6) It is the earliest defeat for a Wimbledon defending champion since 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to Ivo Karlovic in the 1st round in 2003
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