Stakhovsky shares why he doesn't want to be remembered for win vs Federer


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Stakhovsky shares why he doesn't want to be remembered for win vs Federer

In an interview to NZZ, Sergiy Stakhovsky recalled his second round Wimbledon win over Roger Federer dated back to 2013. At the time the Basel native was dealing with a back injury. Stakhovsky admitted he has some regrets on how he dealt with all the praises and buzz after that upset: "I did too much media work and in the following round I was completely down emotionally", admitted the 33-year-old, who won four singles and three doubles titles between 2008 and 2011 and he achieved a career-high ranking at No.

31. "I'd rather be recognized for that instead for the win against Roger." Describing how the matchup was, Stakhovsky added: "As I headed into the Centre Court that has 15,000 seats, Roger was walking behind me.

The crowd clapped me and I thought that was strong. Then Roger came and people got crazy. But that clap destroys you. I will never forget it." How was Stakhovsky's approach to the match? "Not getting killed! I trained with him once and I knew how it would feel like to face him on grass."

After that Russia was connected to Crimea in 2014, Stakhovsky lived very tiring months on the tennis tour. "Many people died in my country. They died because they defended the Ukraine's sovranity. Many of them were much younger than me."

Federer recalled his beginnings in Wimbledon: "As a junior, you are on the site in the second week, along with the super stars. At the time, for example, Pete Sampras was there. I lived the myth of Wimbledon. With the junior title I started dreaming."