Yeah, so that just happened. Out of nowhere, Sergi Stakhovsky takes out Roger Federer in the second round of 2013 Wimbledon 6-7, 7-6, 7-5. 7-6. Stakhovsky who’s ranked 116 came to play his best tennis ever apparently, he never let up. He was everywhere Federer wasn’t.
Stakhovsky never let up. He kept pressing, even when he was out of position. He never gave up or gave in to intimidation from the other side. Today was his day.
How did Roger Federer lose his second round match at Wimbledon?
I am not entirely sure what was going on with the great Federer, he was serving quite well, winning nearly 80% of his first serves, and not really making too many unforced errors. Looking at the match statistics, Roger Federer was getting hurt on his second serve. Stahovsky attacked hard on the Federer second serve. Hitting deep returns off the second following it to net, where Sergiy won 65% of his net points.
Roger Federer seemed to move pretty well, no obvious signs of injury. Clearly it was Stahovsky who was the fresher player today. Roger Federer didn’t shank his forehand or backhand nearly as much as he has recently on clay.
It just seemed that Federer was too relaxed and thought he had the match in the bag. I’m sure he’s as shocked as the rest of the world is with his loss.
Sergiy Stakhovsky’s reaction to his win over Roger Federer
Obviously, it’s a huge win for Sergiy. Probably one that he will likely remember for the rest of his life, even if he does nothing significant from this day forth; he’ll always be able to say, “I beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon.”
When asked about his win after the match, Sergiy said “I’m still in disbelief.” The young Ukraine was asked what it was like playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon, “When you play Federer at Wimbledon, it’s like you’re playing two people: Federer and his ego on Centre Court at Wimbledon, where he’s historical. I was hoping I would have a chance to be in the match at the beginning. I was just hanging in there on my serve, trying to get to tie-break. I was a little tight up a break in the fourth, it was hard to pull it out. I’m really happy I’m able to go through.” There was definitely some ego bruising going on today, Federer quickly made a quiet exit to the locker room to lick his wounds.
With Roger Federer out, his ranking plummets
Because Roger Federer lost in the second round of Wimbledon, he’s going to lose a bunch of points. If my calculations are correct, he’s going to lose 1,955 ATP points. With the loss of those ATP ranking points, he could end up being ranked 6 or 7, possibly even 8 depending on how well the rest of the field plays. If this is the case, it’s going to be one heck of a mountain to climb for Roger Federer if he desires to achieve the number one ranking ever again.