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Jun 30, 2013

Tennis-Guess who? Djokovic, Murray and Serena lead unfamiliar cast

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Serena Williams will head a cast of fresh-faced hopefuls on Monday as Wimbledon heads into the second week which will be a Federer-free zone for the first time in 11 years.

A second week which had promised back-to-back blockbuster matches after Murray, seven-times champion Roger Federer and 2008 and 2010 winner Rafa Nadal had been thrown together in the same half of the draw, will instead have a distinctly unfamiliar look to it following an unforgettable week of shocks.

Jun 27, 2013

Djokovic and Serena restore calm on Tranquil Thursday

LONDON (Reuters) – An air of calm descended at Wimbledon on ‘Tranquil Thursday’ as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams avoided the trail of destruction that had decimated the field at the All England Club on day three of the grasscourt major.

After men’s champion Roger Federer and Williams’ two closest rivals for the Rosewater Dish, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, perished during a ‘Wednesday Wipeout’, it was left to the world number ones to restore a semblance of normality.

Jun 27, 2013

Serena beats Garcia and the rain at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – An air of calm, and light rain, descended at Wimbledon on Thursday as Serena Williams avoided the trail of destruction that decimated the field at the All England Club on day three of the grasscourt major.

A day after men’s champion Roger Federer and Williams’ two closest rivals for the Rosewater Dish, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, perished during a ‘Whacky Wednesday Wipeout’, it was left to the American to restore a semblance of normality.

Jun 27, 2013

Tennis-Serena beats Garcia and the rain at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – An air of calm, and light rain, descended at Wimbledon on Thursday as Serena Williams avoided the trail of destruction that decimated the field at the All England Club on day three of the grasscourt major.

A day after men’s champion Roger Federer and Williams’ two closest rivals for the Rosewater Dish, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, perished during a ‘Whacky Wednesday Wipeout’, it was left to the American to restore a semblance of normality.

Jun 27, 2013

I may be down but I’m not out, proclaims Federer

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s astonishing defeat to a Ukrainian journeyman in the second round at Wimbledon marked the arrival of a new world order in tennis but for the Swiss master this was definitely not the end of an era.

When the new ATP standings are released on July 8, they will show that the holder of a record 17 grand slam titles has slipped to fifth in the world after he failed to defend the 2000 points he amassed by hoisting the Challenge Cup last July.

Jun 27, 2013

Tennis-I may be down but I’m not out, proclaims Federer

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s astonishing defeat to a Ukrainian journeyman in the second round at Wimbledon marked the arrival of a new world order in tennis but for the Swiss master this was definitely not the end of an era.

When the new ATP standings are released on July 8, they will show that the holder of a record 17 grand slam titles has slipped to fifth in the world after he failed to defend the 2000 points he amassed by hoisting the Challenge Cup last July.

Jun 27, 2013

Giantkiller Stakhovsky brings down ‘the legend and his ego’

LONDON (Reuters) – No matter where Sergiy Stakhovsky looks when he walks around the leafy grounds of the All England Club, he cannot escape the image of a beaming Roger Federer holding aloft the pineapple-topped gold Challenge Cup.

It is on the results board, on the official Wimbledon book, on the roll of honor plaque, on official merchandise – it is basically everywhere.

Jun 27, 2013

Tennis-Giantkiller Stakhovsky brings down ‘the legend and his ego’

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – No matter where Sergiy Stakhovsky looks when he walks around the leafy grounds of the All England Club, he cannot escape the image of a beaming Roger Federer holding aloft the pineapple-topped gold Challenge Cup.

It is on the results board, on the official Wimbledon book, on the roll of honour plaque, on official merchandise – it is basically everywhere.

Jun 26, 2013

Dazed Federer sent spinning out of Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer and “his ego” took an unbelievable battering at the hands of a little-known Ukrainian as the Swiss champion and holder of a record 17 grand slam titles was sent spinning out of Wimbledon on a day dubbed as ‘Whacky Wednesday’.

A record that took 36 grand slams and nine years to create was turned on its head by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky who rocked the All England Club to its core as he inflicted a brutal 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5 7-6(5) second-round defeat on a man he called a “Wimbledon legend”.

Jun 26, 2013

Federer handed shock second-round Wimbledon loss

LONDON (Reuters) – Defending champion Roger Federer’s remarkable run of reaching 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals or better was ended in a shock second-round Wimbledon defeat by unheralded Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday.

Federer’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5 7-6(5) loss in exactly three hours rocked Wimbledon to its core on a day that already seemed surreal after seven players withdrew or retired injured and third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova also stumbled to defeat.