Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Federer's conqueror Stakhovsky slides out of Wimbledon

June 28, 2013 -- Updated 1940 GMT (0340 HKT)
A dejected Sergiy Stakhovsky on his way to defeat against Austria's Jurgen Melzer in their third round match at Wimbledon.
A dejected Sergiy Stakhovsky on his way to defeat against Austria's Jurgen Melzer in their third round match at Wimbledon.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sergei Stakhovsky exits Wimbledon at third round stage
  • Ukrainian had upset defending champion Roger Federer
  • 29th seed Grigor Dimitrov exits to Slovenian Grega Zemlja
  • Home favorite Andy Murray cruises into second week

(CNN) -- It did not take long for Sergiy Stakhovsky to be handed a sober dose of reality after his upset defeat of seven-time champion Roger Federer, the Ukrainian outsider exiting in the next round at Wimbledon Friday.

Stakhovsky caused one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament on Centre Court on a crazy Wednesday at SW19, but was banished to Court Three for his match against experienced Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Lacking the inspiration he showed against third seed Federer, and hampered by a fall that led to the 27-year-old having his ankle strapped, Stakhovsky went down 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3.

Read: Federer stunned by Ukrainian unknown

It left Melzer as the first man into the last 16, where he will play promising young Pole and 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz.

Why is Wimbledon so slippery?
Tennis player uses Google Glass
On the court with 'Baby Federer'
The Wimbledon greats

He beat the higher ranked and 15th seed Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 6-3 6-4, to reach the fourth round for the second straight year at Wimbledon.

Stakhovsky joins the tournament's other great giantkiller, Belgian Steve Darcis, in being unable to capitalize on a famous victory.

Darcis, who stunned Rafael Nadal on the opening Monday, scratched before his second round match as he joined the long list of injury casualties which has marked this year's grass court grand slam.

Read: Nadal exits to Belgian Darcis in stunning first day upset

Stakhovsky was preceded on Court Three by Bulgarian 29th seed Grigor Dimitrov, the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova.

The Russian superstar, herself a victim of an unseeded player two days ago, watched as Dimitrov slipped to a five-set defeat, 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-4 11-9, to Slovenia's Grega Zemlja, in a match carried over from the previous night.

Steady drizzle made for tricky conditions for the players on the outside courts.

Read: Sharapova crashes out to unseeded Portuguese player

Dubbed the "Baby Federer", the 22-year-old Dimitrov often showed his displeasure at the surface as he joined the Swiss maestro on the sidelines.

There were no such problems for Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer as he completed his second round match against compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, but was taken to four sets.

Home hopes in the women's singles were boosted by Laura Robson as she breezed into the third round with a 6-4 6-1 defeat of Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia.

And the Wimbledon crowd were given the perfect end to the day's play as second seed Andy Murray cruised past Spain's Tommy Robredo, winning 6-2 6-4 7-5 in two hours under the roof of the famous Centre Court.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
September 2, 2014 -- Updated 1321 GMT (2121 HKT)
American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.
Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
August 27, 2014 -- Updated 1145 GMT (1945 HKT)
Canada and tennis? Really? Yup. The North American tennis power balance is swinging away from the States.
August 21, 2014 -- Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT)
As a player he was as fiery as his hair -- and as Novak Djokovic's coach, Boris Becker says he has to battle to keep his emotions in check.
August 20, 2014 -- Updated 1102 GMT (1902 HKT)
Tennis great Boris Becker says he was stunned by the level of criticism he received after being appointed as Novak Djokovic's coach.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 1101 GMT (1901 HKT)
"I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
June 30, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
When Agnieszka Radwanska refused to look her opponent in the eye after losing at Wimbledon, it raised more than eyebrows.
June 23, 2014 -- Updated 0114 GMT (0914 HKT)
It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
Rafael Nadal is still the "King of Clay" -- but his crown has slipped a bit, says CNN's Will Edmonds.
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 0746 GMT (1546 HKT)
He's regularly voted France's favorite famous person, but many of the nation's youth have "no idea" about his glorious sporting past
April 29, 2014 -- Updated 1555 GMT (2355 HKT)
Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.
April 16, 2014 -- Updated 1238 GMT (2038 HKT)
Suisse's Belinda Bencic returns the ball to France's Alize Cornet during the second match of the Fed Cup first round tennis tie France vs Switzerland on February 8, 2014 at the Pierre de Coubertin stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
It's no easy matter becoming a world class tennis player. It's even harder when everyone (really -- everyone) is calling you the "new Martina Hingis."
April 2, 2014 -- Updated 1420 GMT (2220 HKT)
At the 2009 Australian Open, French men's tennis was the talk of the town.
ADVERTISEMENT