Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with early exit – Murray reaches third round

27/06/2013 no comments »
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with early exit – Murray reaches third round

After Rafael Nadal’s first round defeat another shock – Roger Federer suffered a surprising second round exit after losing to world number 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky. Andy Murray beats Yen-Hsun Lu and reaches the third round.

Roger Federer was among the favourites to win Wimbledon – just like every year. The seven time champion lost 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in a dramatic match. The defeat was Federer’s earliest Grand Slam exit since losing in the first round in the French Open in 2003. It also ended Federer’s run of 36 consecutive quarter-finals in Grand Slams which started at Wimbledon in 2004.

Federer lost a tight first set in a tie-break to Stakhovsky. The Swiss tried to pressure him in the third, but failed. Stakhovsky was more aggressive on the net and showed all his class in the fourth set. Stakhovsky has never gone beyond round three in a Grand Slams.

Other favourites experienced similar upsets such as Rafa Nadal who exited this years Wimbledon in round one against Steve Darcis. The same for Lleyton Hewitt who lost to German player Dustin Brown in round one. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also out after withdrawing with a knee injury.

Andy Murray, in the meantime reached the third round after beating Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-3 7-5 on Court One. He will now face Spanish 32nd seed Tommy Robredo in the last 32. Wimbledon tickets available here.

It is the first time neither Nadal nor Federer reached the third round of a Grand Slam. This raises the question if this is the end of en era for Federer? Or the entire men’s tennis scene?

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