Federer's shocker shocked

2013-06-28 18:30
Sergiy Stakhovsky (AFP)
London - Sergiy Stakhovsky's Wimbledon fairytale came to an abrupt end as Roger Federer's conquerer slumped to a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 defeat against Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the third round on Friday.

Stakhovsky had caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of the All England Club when the world number 116 defeated reigning champion Federer on Centre Court on Wednesday.

It was Federer's earliest exit from a Grand Slam for a decade and ended the seven-time Wimbledon champion's incredible run of 36 successive quarter-final appearances at the majors.

But Stakhovsky, 27, was brought back down to earth just 48 hours later in the less glamourous surroundings of Court Three.

Unlike Federer, world number 37 Melzer was able to subdue Stakhovsky's serve and volley tactics and will play Spanish 15th seed Nicolas Almagro or Poland's Jerzy Janowicz for a place in the quarter-finals.

Stakhovsky might have had an inkling it wasn't going to be his day when he suffered an injury scare midway through the first set, slipping as he raced to the net and twisting his right ankle into an awkward position as he struggled to stay upright.

The slippery condition of the grass courts has been a major bone of contention this week and Grigor Dimitrov had refused to continue playing when he fell as rain came down during his defeat to Grega Zemlja on the same court earlier in the day.

The Ukrainian called for a medical timeout and had the ankle heavily strapped before continuing, but Melzer, already a break up, easily closed out the set.

Stakhovsky had out-played Federer by attacking the Swiss great with a retro game-plan rarely seen in this era of baseline dominance.

Stakhovsky, bidding to make the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, kept coming to the net and levelled the match as he broke twice to take the second set.

He broke again for a 4-2 lead in the third set, but suddenly lost his rhythm and Melzer hit back in ruthless fashion, breaking twice to move within one set of victory.

Stakhovsky failed to convert three break points in the second game of the fourth set and that proved the end of his memorable week as Melzer made him pay with a break in the next game to seal the win.

Results from the fifth day of Wimbledo (x denotes seeded player):

Men's singles:

Third round:

Jerzy Janowicz (POL x24) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x32) 6-2, 6-4, 7-5

Second round:
Jeremy Chardy (FRA x28) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4)
Tommy Haas (GER x13) bt Jimmy Wang (TPE) 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
David Ferrer (ESP x4) bt Roberto Bautista (ESP) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x26) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
Grega Zemlja (SLO) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x29) 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-4, 11-9

Women's singles:

Third round:
Marion Bartoli (FRA x15) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4, 7-5
Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 7-5, 6-2
Carla Suarez Navarro(ESP x19) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 7-5, 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x20) bt Vesna Doloncs (SRB) 6-4, 6-2
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) bt Alize Cornet (FRA x29) 0-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Second round:
Laura Robson (GBR) bt Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 6-4, 6-1
Alison Riske (USA) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x7) 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3

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