Top 10 Upsets Suffered by Roger Federer

Published 09/07/2017, 5:30 AM EDT

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.


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Here we pick the 10 most shocking defeats of Roger Federer.



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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.

Federer was on a 41 match unbeaten streak and was looking to break Guillermo Vilas’ record of 46 matches.

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.

This was only the second loss at Wimbledon for Federer, in the last 7 years.



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.

This exit marked Roger’s four straight consecutive tournament losses, his worst stretch since February 2004.



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.

This was the first time in 18 tournaments that the dominant Federer did not make it to the finals. It cost him an opportunity to equal Ivan Lendl’s record of reaching 18 consecutive finals.

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. “


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.

This was Roger’ earliest exit in the French Open in 10 years.

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.”

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.


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.

This was Roger’s first loss in the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows in ten years. This also made 2013 the first season since 2002, in which Federer failed to reach even a single Grand Slam final.

Federer after the match :

“I kind of self-destructed, which is very disappointing”

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”.

It was the first time in 8 years that Federer failed to reach semi-finals at Australian Open and first time in 14 years to not reach the fourth round.


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.


25 of the last 38 Grand Slams finals before the tournament had featured Roger Federer as one of the players.

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.


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.

This was Roger’s first loss in the second round of a Grand Slam after winning 50 times before in the same. Roger’s record of 36 straight quarter finals at Grand Slams also came to an end.

Stakhovsky had the following to say after the match:


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“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:


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“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.”




Amogh Jain

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I am pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology( MAIT), IPU. Tennis is the most important part of my life and I love it more than anything else.