Roger Federer's Untouchable Record Crumbles: The Day the Quarterfinal Reign Ended

Roger Federer lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky in four tight sets in 2013

by Jovica Ilic
Roger Federer's Untouchable Record Crumbles: The Day the Quarterfinal Reign Ended

Roger Federer holds an incredible record of 36 consecutive Major quarter-finals, collected between Wimbledon 2004 and Roland Garros 2013! The Swiss did not lose in the opening four rounds at a Major for almost ten years, and his streak ended following a shocking loss at Wimbledon 2013.

The crowd favorite fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in three hours, experiencing his earliest Wimbledon loss since 2002 and concluding the record that will take some beating in the future. Also, Roger experienced his first defeat in the second round at Majors, winning the previous 50 encounters!

The defending champion failed to win the crucial points versus world no. 116, as Stakhovsky rushed to the net and kept the points on his racquet to score his first top-10 victory from the 21st attempt! The Ukrainian was also the first non-top-100 player with a win over Roger since Richard Gasquet in Monte Carlo 2005!

There were no breaks in the opening two sets, with the rivals trading tie breaks to stay neck and neck. Stakhovsky broke Federer at 5-5 in the third set and held in the next one to wrap up the set and gain a boost. Sergiy scored an early break in the fourth set, and Roger erased it to return to the positive side.

The set went into a tie break, and Stakhovsky clinched it 7-5 for a career-best victory.

Roger Federer fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets at Wimbledon 2013.

"It's always disappointing to lose a match, especially here at Wimbledon.

I have had some great moments here, but also tougher ones. It was a severe loss today, but I must appreciate all the standing ovation while leaving the court. To play in 36 consecutive Major quarter-finals is a great number; I wish it would not end here today.

Still, I do not think that's something fans, or myself, will mourn about. It's an excellent record, but I have to move on. I did not feel anything strange on the court, like injury and that stuff. I had a normal warmup and everything, hoping for another Wimbledon win that could not come today.

I have to work and return stronger; I'm looking forward to what's to come in the rest of the summer and the season's closing months. The defeat is undoubtedly not what I hoped for today, but it does happen. I will try to return stronger next year.

You guys were thrilled and excited about me facing Rafa, and now we are both out; it's disrespectful to our opponents, who are still in the draw. It would be best if you did not do that next time around. Sergiy was uncomfortable to play against.

He served & volleyed well, and it was challenging to find the match rhythm. He played on a high level, especially on the big points. Sergiy was under enormous pressure and still closed the match; kudos to him for that. I knew he would rush to the net; he is comfortable doing that.

You can use that tactic if you play correctly, with a big serve and good movement. He played well on the return, and I'm impressed with his performance. I had my chances but could not seize them; that's very frustrating, but I have to accept that," Roger Federer said.

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