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Tennis

Falling off the Federer cloud
Agencies
LONDON, June 29, 2013
First Published: 00:12 IST(29/6/2013)
Last Updated: 02:21 IST(29/6/2013)

Sergiy Stakhovksy, the man who caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations by knocking out seven-time champion Roger Federer, was dumped at the All England Club exit door himself on Friday. The 27-year-old world number 116 went down 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to experienced Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the third round.

Relegated

Instead of the Centre Court, where he had ended Federer's run of 36 successive quarter-final appearances at the majors, Stakhovksy was exiled to Court Three where his challenge wasn't helped by falling heavily on the slippery surface.

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That required his ankle to be strapped and his challenge eventually petered out as 32-year-old Melzer reached the fourth round for the second time in his career where he will meet dangerous Pole, Jerzy Janowicz. The 24th-seeded Janowicz made the fourth round for the second successive year by beating Spanish 15th seed Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4.

Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, meanwhile, reached the third round with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in match held over from Thursday because of rain.

Heavy rain also delayed play on the outside courts on Friday with Bulgarian 29th seed Grigor Dimitrov staging a temporary sit-down protest to register his anger at conditions on Court Three before he lost a five-set second round thriller.

Dimitrov, watched by girlfriend Maria Sharapova went out 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 to Slovenia's Grega Zemlja.

ROBSON UP

Britain's Laura Robson made the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino and goes on to face Marina Erakovic of New Zealand for a last-16 spot.

Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, a quarter-finalist in 2010, knocked out German seventh seed, Angelique Kerber, who made the semi-finals last year, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

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