Federer bounced in upset
Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 6:09 am
By STEPHEN WILSON
AP Sports Writer
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals by Tomas Berdych today, stopping his bid for a record-tying seventh title at the All England Club.
The 12th-seeded Czech used his big serve and forehand to beat Federer in four sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, on Centre Court for the biggest victory of his career.
It’s the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reach the final. Since losing in the first round eight years ago, Federer had won the title six times and finished runner-up once, bolstering his reputation as the greatest player of all-time.
Winner of a record 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer was clearly outplayed by a man who has always possessed enormous talent but often failed to live up to expectations.
The 6-foot-5 Berdych was on the offensive for most of the match, hitting 51 winners, compared to 44 for Federer.
Berdych broke Federer four times, with the decisive break coming in the seventh game of the fourth set. Berdych, hitting first serves consistently in the 130s mph, served 12 aces and was broken just once.
“It’s really tough to show this crowd how I’m just feeling right now, it’s amazing to play on this stadium to play such a great player as Roger is, and come here and be here as a winner is just really amazing,” Berdych said.
Berdych ripped a clean forehand winner on his second match point.
“If I can just go through my career, it was so far the toughest game to serve and close out the match,” he said.
Federer came in with an 8-2 career record against Berdych, having lost the first match at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the last in Miami this year.
Federer was playing in his 25th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Published in The Messenger 6.30.10