LONDON – Defending champion Roger Federer became the newest victim of an early upset in the Wimbledon championships Wednesday, being shown the door by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the second round.
The seven-time titlist Federer follows Rafael Nadal out of the major event, vanquished by the 27-year-old Stakhovsky 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
It was Stakhovsky’s first win over a top 10 player He said he was “still in disbelief” over his victory.
“Magic. Beating Roger on his court where he is a legend is special. He’s the greatest player, the biggest name, and a decent man everyone admires. I couldn’t play any better. I played my best tennis and still it was almost not enough to beat Roger Federer,” Stakhovsky said.
“When you play him at Wimbledon, you play two people – you play Roger Federer, and then you also play his ego and his Centre Court history,” he said.