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Just a day removed from the best female Wimbledon Champion of the last decade being prematurely ousted from the 2010 tournament, we now have an even more shocking result on the men’s side. Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who has participated in every Wimbledon Final since 2003, was upset by 24-year old Tomas Berdych in four sets.

Berdych used his larger frame and power to establish an advantage over the all-time great. Throughout the match, Berdych consistently served up balls that were clocking in the 130 mph range. Additionally, he beat Federer at his own game, ripping forehand winner after winner down the line. At the end of the match, he tallied 51 winners to Federer’s 44.  With the win, Berdych became the first Czech born player to to reach the men’s semifinals since Ivan Lendl in 1990.

The aftermath of the match saw a little tension between the two competitors. When asked about his inability to perform at his highest level, Federer cited nagging pain in his back and right leg. “I am struggling with a little bit of a back and a leg issue,” said Federer. ” That just doesn’t quite allow me to play the way I would like to play. It’s frustrating, to say the least.” Berdych wasn’t in the mood to reduce his victory to a triumph over an injured player. “I don’t know if he is just looking for some excuses after the match or something like that,” he said. “I think he was 100 percent ready.”

Some other notable numbers for Federer. For the first time since November 2003, he will fall to number 3 in the ATP rankings. After winning 23 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal matches, he has lost the last two. Additionally, Federer has won 76 of 77 grass court matches coming into the month, but has lost 2 of his last 6. Lastly, prior to Wednesday’s defeat, that six-time champion had won 51 of his last 52 Wimbledon matches. When asked about his immediate plans, Federer said that he wouldn’t watch the rest of Wimbledon and planned on taking a two-week vacation.

Next up for Berdych is number 3 ranked Novak Djokovic, who advanced to his second Wimbledon semifinal with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over 82nd-ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan.

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