June 27, 2013

Federer out on a shocking day

Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova suffering stunning defeats, and injuries take a toll on so many others.

By STEPHEN WILSON/The Associated Press

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Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine reacts Wednesday after pulling out the upset nobody could have foreseen, defeating Roger Federer, the longtime king of Wimbledon, in the second round of this year’s event. Federer and Rafael Nadal are both gone after the first three days of the event.

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Maria Sharapova had a tough time keeping on her feet and went down … and also down to defeat in straight sets, to Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, the 131st-ranked player in the world.

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"I'm still in disbelief," Stakhovsky said. "When you play Roger Federer at Wimbledon it's like you are playing two persons. First you play Roger Federer, then you play his ego, and on the Centre Court of Wimbledon, where he is historical. So that's like playing two against one."

Federer's defeat was the biggest shock on a day full of shocks.

Earlier, the third-seeded Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, was stunned 6-3, 6-4 by 131st-ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal in the second round.

Sharapova fell several times on the grass on Court 2 and received medical treatment in the second set.

It wasn't enough to force Sharapova to quit, as so many others did by walkover or mid-match retirements.

Among the players to drop out: Azarenka (walkover, right knee), men's No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (retirement, left knee), John Isner (retirement, left knee) and Darcis (walkover, right shoulder).

Also out: 10th-seeded Marin Cilic (walkover, left knee); 2006 quarterfinalist Radek Stepanek (retirement, left hamstring); and Yaroslava Shvedova (walkover, right arm).

The International Tennis Federation said the seven players forced out is believed to be the most in one day at any Grand Slam event in the 45 years of the Open era.

"Very black day," Cilic said about the spate of injury withdrawals. "The other days, other weeks, there were no pullouts. Everything just happened today."

If that wasn't enough, the tournament lost all those former No. 1 players: Sharapova, Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic among the women, and Federer and Lleyton Hewitt among the men.

There were a few moments of normality. Second-seeded Andy Murray advanced easily to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan on Court 1.


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