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Shock defeat for favorite Federer


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Czech teen Berdych on his way to a shock win over favorite Federer
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• Olympics 2004: Special report 

ATHENS, Greece -- Top-seeded Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat in the second round at the Olympic tournament on Tuesday, losing 4-6 7-5 7-5 to Czech teenager Tomas Berdych.

Federer, who has won Wimbledon the past two years and replaced Andy Roddick atop the rankings in February, was undone by poor serving and a string of unforced errors.

US Open champion and world No. 2 Roddick of the U.S. saved three match points before beating unseeded Tommy Haas of Germany 4-6 6-3 9-7.

Haas survived five match points in the last game before conceding defeat on his sixth match point when Roddick finally beat him with a cross-court forehand.

Swiss star Federer was broken by the 74th-ranked Berdych in the last game of the match -- by far the biggest win of the 19-year-old's career

"It was everything," Berdych said. "This guy won Wimbledon and the Australian Open and now you are the player who beats him. Unbelievable."

Mardy Fish also claimed the top success of his career 4-6 7-6 6-4 to reach the third round after rival Juan Carlos Ferrero twice double-faulted while serving for the match.

Spain's former world No. 1 Ferrero paid the penalty after failing to hook his rival at 5-4 in the second set -- allowing American Fish to recover for a 4-6 7-6 6-4 win.

"I kept saying to myself, 'You know this is the Olympics, this is the Olympics'. I mean, I can't really go out like this, in two straight sets like that," said the 22-year-old Fish.

Fish, who now plays Max Mirnyi of Belarus who beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-3 6-4, was lapping up the Olympic experience.

"It's the most humbling place you could ever go to if you're an athlete because it's the best of the best," he said.

Top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne was all smiles as she beat Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi to reach the third round of the women's event in Athens

The Belgian, out since May because of a viral infection, lived up to her pre-Games billing by overwhelming her opponent 6-2 6-1.

"I'm feeling good, much better now," the 22-year-old told reporters who asked about any lasting effects of the mystery illness which had laid her low. "I felt really good on court."

That much was obvious as she rattled past the South American in 64 minutes on center court to set up a clash with Australia's Nicole Pratt.

Fish celebrates after refusing to be 'hooked' by ex-world No. 1 Ferrero

"She's a great fighter," Henin-Hardenne said of Pratt. "It's going to be a tough mission for me."

Anastasia Myskina, the Russian who took Henin-Hardenne's French Open crown in June, is in the Belgian's half of the draw and she also advanced.

She did not have things all her own way against Puerto Rican Kristina Brandi, though, fighting through 6-2 3-6 6-4.

"I felt okay," insisted the Russian who pulled out of the Sopot Open in Poland with a rib injury last week.

Defending champion Venus Williams blasted past Slovene Maja Matevzic without the loss of a single game.

"It was just a good day for me, that's for sure," she smiled. "For me it wasn't about 6-0 6-0, it was about keeping my level up, not letting it drop."

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo was almost as impressive, beating Italy's Maria Elena Camerin 6-0 6-1.


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