Roger Federer has won a record 20 Grand Slams in his career. He has had a great number of good performances in his illustrious career and like every great player, he too has had some bad days on the court. His last unexpected defeat came at the hands of Dominic Thiem at Indian Wells this year. But does in count amongst the most shocking defeats of Federer’s career? Have a look for yourself.
Here we pick the 10 most shocking defeats of Roger Federer.
#10- Guillermo Canas at Indian Wells, 2007
Roger Federer suffered a surprise exit from the Indian Wells, 2007 as he lost to Argentina’s Canas in the second round. The final scoreline was 7-5, 6-2.
#9- Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon, 2010
In 2010 Wimbledon quarter-finals, Roger lost to the big Czech 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Roger had eight break points but converted just one of them which cost him the match.
#8- Filippo-Volandri at Rome Masters, 2007
Italian wildcard, Volandri took out Roger in their third round match. He beat the Swiss in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 at 2007 Rome Masters.
#7- Andy Murray at Cincinnati Masters, 2006
Andy Murray, played the best match of his career to outclass the World Number 1, Roger Federer. The young Brit won 7-5, 6-4 in their R32 match at Cincinnati Master,2006.
Roger after the match:
“I would love that the streaks go on and on and on, but once in a while it’s also good you lose, I always draw a positive out of losses, you know, so we’ll see what I got to do now the next few days. “
#6- Ernests Gulbis at French Open, 2014
In the 2014 French Open, 4th round, Federer lost to the Latvian, Ernests Gulbis 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Roger had two set points in the second set but failed to convert them and went on to lose the set.
Roger lost the match after having won the first set and with two set points in hand in the second. He had the following to say after the match:
“I’m clearly very disappointed not to come through with the win. After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set, I have a lot of regrets here now. I think Gulbis did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him.”
#5-John Millman at US Open, 2018
It’s pretty amazing that Federer losing in 2018 is still considered a huge shock. John Millman raised quite a few eyebrows after knocking the 5-time champion out of the US Open last year, some claiming it to be the worst match Federer has ever played at the Flushing Meadows. After cruising for about set and a half, Federer could never find his rhythm and went on to lose 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) to the world number 55.
#4- Tommy Robredo at U.S. Open, 2013
In his 2013 U.S. Open match against Robredo, Federer was nowhere near his best. He lost to the 19th seed, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Federer after the match :
“I kind of self-destructed, which is very disappointing”
#3- Andreas Seppi at Australian Open, 2015
Seppi stunned Roger in the 3rd round of the first Grand Slam of 2015. Federer came into the match leading 10-0 in the head to head record against Seppi, which made the loss even more astonishing. He lost 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 on what he termed as ” just a bad day”.
#2- Marin Cilic at U.S. Open, 2014
A five-time champion at the Flushing Meadows, Roger Federer came into the 2014 semi-finals confident and ready to go. More so, he knew Novak Djokovic had crashed out in the first semi and all that stood between him and the trophy were Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori(in the final). However, he was demolished by the big Croat in their semi-finals match. He lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in just one hour and 45 minutes.
Federer was clearly the favorite to win the match, but some exquisite tennis and impeccable stroke making from Cilic knocked Federer out of the tournament and delivered one of the biggest shocks to the tennis world.
#1- Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon, 2013
Every tennis fan was talking about one name and one name alone on first Wednesday of The Championships, 2013. Sergiy Stakhovsky. He stunned Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in their 2nd round match.
Roger came into the match as the defending champion and a record-equalling seven titles winner at Wimbledon. Stakhovsky on the other hand, was ranked 116 in the world and had nothing to lose.
Stakhovsky had the following to say after the match:
“When you come here, on the cover of the Wimbledon book is Roger Federer. You’re playing the guy and then you’re playing his legend, which is following him because he won it seven times. … You’re playing two of them. When you’re beating one, you still have the other one who is pressing you. You’re saying, ‘Am I about to beat him? Is it possible?’ “
Federer after the match:
“Well, what do you do after something like this? What do you do? Do you do the 24‑hour rule? You don’t panic at this point, that’s clear. Just go back to work and come back stronger. Somewhat simple. Hard to do sometimes. But usually I do turnarounds pretty good.”