One of the more shocking starts to Wimbledon in recent memory continued in Wednesday's second-round matches.
Federer's loss was one of several surprises on Wednesday. On the women's side, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic were all eliminated. On the men's side, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and John Isner joined the ranks of the departed.
Wimbledon's Twitter page captured Stakhovsky's excitement after his landmark achievement:
The slick grass courts of the All England Club forced seven withdrawals due to injuries, as a lot of players struggled to gain traction.
No. 2 men's seed Andy Murray made quick work of his match in straight sets, but others weren't so lucky. With all competitors coming in well-prepared for the Grand Slam, Murray felt very fortunate (via Wimbledon on Twitter):
The second seed on the women's side, Victoria Azarenka, didn't even begin her match against unseeded Flavia Pennetta and withdrew with a right knee injury she suffered in Round 1.
Plenty of other incredible developments defined the day, so let's take a look at the notable results, followed by an analysis of the most vital matches.
Notable Day 3 Results
|Men's Singles Draw||Score|
|Andy Murray (2) defeats Yen-Hsun Lu||6-3, 6-3, 7-5|
|Sergiy Stakhovsky defeats Roger Federer (3) ||6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)|
|Ernests Gulbis defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) ||3-6, 6-3, 6-3 (Retired)|
|Kenny De Schepper defeats Marin Cilic (10) ||Walkover|
|Nicolas Almagro (15) defeats Guillaume Rufin||7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4|
|Adrian Mannarino defeats John Isner (18)||1-1 (Retired)|
|Mikhail Youzhny (20) defeats Vasek Pospisil||6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-4|
|Juan Monaco (22) defeats Rajeev Ram||5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2|
|Jerzy Janowicz (24) defeats Radek Stepanek||6-2, 5-3 (Retired)|
|Benoit Paire (25) defeats Stephane Robert||6-4, 7-5, 6-4|
|Fernando Verdasco defeats Julien Benneteau (31)||7-6 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-4|
|Tommy Robredo (32) defeats Nicolas Mahut||7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (5)|
|Dustin Brown defeats Lleyton Hewitt ||6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2|
|Women's Singles Draw||Score|
|Flavia Pennetta defeats Victoria Azarenka (2) ||Walkover|
|Michelle Larcher de Brito defeats Maria Sharapova (3)||6-3, 6-4|
|Petra Kvitova (8) defeats Yaroslava Shvedova||Walkover|
|Petra Cetkovska defeats Carolina Wozniacki (9)||6-2, 6-2|
|Eugenie Bouchard defeats Ana Ivanovic (12) ||6-3, 6-3|
|Sloane Stephens (17) defeats Andrea Petkovic||7-6 (2), 2-6, 8-6|
|Carla Suarez Navarro (19) defeats Mirjana Lucic-Baroni ||1-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|Kirsten Flipkens (20) defeats Bojana Jovanovski ||6-4, 6-4|
|Ekaterina Makarova (25) defeats Garbine Muguruza ||6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4|
|Karin Knapp defeats Lucie Safarova (27) ||4-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Alize Cornet (29) defeats Su-Wei Hsieh ||6-3, 6-2|
*Day 3 scores are courtesy of Wimbledon.com, which also has the complete results and match statistics featured in the analysis below.
Federer Falls in Round 2
The greatest grass court player of all time hadn't been held out of a Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2004, according to ESPN's telecast, but Stakhovsky played brilliant tennis.
Federer's serve looked crisp, topping out at 127 miles per hour, as he notched 16 aces to just one double fault. However, his counterpart smashed 17 aces and also crushed 72 winners compared to just 17 unforced errors.
That was even better than Federer's 57-13 ratio, so it's not as if the all-time great blew the match. Rather, Stakhovsky played the best tennis he ever had:
Though he lost, it's worth noting that an injury had nothing to do with Federer's performance—unlike several other players on Wednesday.
Stakhovsky ended up on top on this day by deploying an aggressive serve-and-volley strategy, winning 61 of 96 net points.
Murray Manages Marginal Conditions
Last year's finalist is looking to finally break through for Great Britain. Murray won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in London over Federer and looks to still be comfortable on grass after his straight-sets victory over Yen-Hsun Lu.
Some history is at stake here for Murray since he recently won the Aegon Championships at Queen's, per BBC Sport:
Normally renowned for his outstanding returning ability, Murray controlled the match with his serve, as he won 44 of 52 first-serve points and pounded 11 aces.
The efficiency on display was also impressive, as Murray banged 41 winners to only 14 unforced errors. Unlike several other top seeds, the host country's best hope to win the trophy took care of business with ease.
No. 32 seed Tommy Robredo will be Murray's next hurdle to clear in what should be a captivating third-round showdown.
Qualifier Stuns Sharapova
Multiple spills characterized the day for Sharapova, who lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito, the No. 131 player in the world, by a count of 6-3, 6-4.
Despite seven break chances that gave Sharapova opportunities to get back into the match, she was only able to convert one of them.
However, the No. 3 seed didn't make excuses for struggling to stay on her feet, per TennisReporters.net's Matt Cronin:
Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, hadn't lost to a player ranked 100th or worse more than twice in her career prior to this match, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Extensive rallies and characteristic grunting from both players were prevalent in the match. As tough as Sharapova is, though, Larcher de Brito held her ground and used her fitness to cover the course.
Injury Cues Swan Song for Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a semifinalist in this tournament in 2011 and 2012, so with a thinning field around him, his path to reach the final appeared to be easier than ever.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Tsonga had to retire with a left knee injury—the same injury that also felled marquee players Marin Cilic and John Isner on Wednesday.
Although he won the first set 6-3, Tsonga couldn't continue on after dropping the next two sets by the same count. Tsonga's characteristic power and ground strokes simply weren't there, and he failed to notch a single winner on ground strokes in the third set.
ESPN's Darren Cahill noted that Tsonga wasn't moving quite as well with his knee wrapped, which hampered his ability to generate hard shots and be a factor in longer rallies:
Tsonga would have likely faced Murray in the quarterfinals in a tantalizing clash, but instead he is leaving Wimbledon at the earliest stage in his career.
Wozniacki's Woes Continue in Grand Slams
Wozniacki used to be ranked No. 1 in the world, but she has never won a Grand Slam or advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in her career.
That continued on Wednesday, as the ninth seed had an underwhelming 6-2, 6-2 loss to Petra Cetkovska.
Wozniacki had an ankle issue, and took a tumble as many players did. As Sports Illustrated documented afterward, though she was hesitant to respond to a question regarding playing conditions, the slippery surface clearly got the best of her:
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times showcased the specifics of Wozniacki's struggles in tennis' biggest events:
The serve did in Wozniacki on this occasion, as she only won 15 of her 33 first-serve points. Part of that can be attributed to limited mobility, but it also showed that she wasn't on top of her game.
It will be interesting to see how she deals with this latest Grand Slam disappointment.
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