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Out in Wimbledon

26.06.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger suffered his earliest defeat at Wimbledon since losing in the first round in 2002 today. He lost his second-round match against Sergej Stakhovsky 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 5-7, 6-7(5).


"It's normal that after all of a sudden losing early, having being in Grand Slam quarter-finals 36 times, people feel it's different. But I still have plans to play for many more years to come," Roger said.


Roger started well and secured the first set in the tie-break. But Stakhovsky went on to take the second set tie-break to level. Not being able to score a break himself, our champ was broken in set three - enough for his opponent to finally take a lead in sets. Roger fell back another break in the fourth set, but this time he managed to level at 3-3. Unfortunately he did not make the points in the final tie-break, falling back 2-5 and eventually admitting defeat after just three hours of play.

It was Roger's first defeat by a player ranked outside the top 100 since losing to Richard Gasquet (ranked at 101) in Monte Carlo in 2005. He will now fall back to at least number 5 in the world rankings.


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06/29/2013 | 12:51 PM
Hope you are feeling better now. WIsh you have a good rest and return strong.
06/29/2013 | 12:49 PM
SHEAR. IMO Federer wanted to hit the ball in the body, to win the point, if you want to win that kind of the hit, you have to hit with power, he didn't hit him after the point was finished. I don't think that he wanted to heart him, if he wanted that, he had many opportunities more clear, when he was more near to him. Stakhovsky played best of what is capable of, Federer didn't, still the score was 162-161, was only one point, so, just think about that, nobody says that...
06/29/2013 | 12:34 PM
SHEAR, Sergiy had tweeted in the last couple of years that his wife was prettier than Mirks which got back to Roger. That will have p-d him off. I suggest it was retaliation.

However let's not dwell on this. It was an unfortunate incident which doesn't reflect well on Roger. Any grievance he had should have been kept private.
06/29/2013 | 12:28 PM
Talking about retirement is a pointless and boring to the reader pursuit. Just hope Roger has many more matches to enjoy and relax! Positive vibes and all that!
06/29/2013 | 12:24 PM
Dear Roger

Well, the last few days have been rather a downer for us fans, but it's you that matters - hope you're feeling as OK-ish as possible now? Wishing you a happy, relaxing break with your loved ones, to come back all healed and refreshed, enthused to carry on with your plan for the second half of the tennis year! We're all behind you! With much love, and supporting you always! xx
06/29/2013 | 11:24 AM
06/29/2013 | 09:47 AM
At the end of the season if you still play such a crap tennis (compare to your own standard) I strongly recommend you to consider retirement.
06/29/2013 | 07:05 AM
FEDELEGANT: Players just want to beat Roger. It's personal for them so they get nasty. Neither Stakwhatever or Jurgen will be remembered for their own achievements, if they are remembered at all it'll be because of beating Roger on an off day for Roger, that's all. Staketcetera did not bagel our RF. I believe that this loss is more an opportunity for Roger than a setback. He cannot do anything but REBOUND. It's a CHALLENGE and should be a GOAL for our magnificent ROGER: BACK TO 1 & SLAM 18
06/29/2013 | 06:43 AM
It s more than 48 hrs now, so we r getting better. Mayb 48-hour rule is needed for fans. But, Roger, I still have a bit scratch in my mind when reading the news of your frustration ,hard-hitting backhand shot directly through Stakhovsky at the net. And it looks like u intentionally did it with anger. Why Why? u did that for.
06/29/2013 | 06:24 AM
What's wrong with these players? Why can't they act a bit more professional?

Stakhovsky: "I kicked Federer's butt ..."
Melzer: "I showed him I'm not Roger Federer and can return his serve..."

Class acts!