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article imageNo retirement for Roger Federer after Wimbledon early defeat

By Yukio Strachan     Jun 27, 2013 in Sports
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has a message for all those people writing his career obituary after Wednesday's astonishing defeat in the second round at Wimbledon: "I still have plans to play for many more years to come," he said.
On what ESPN calls "the most grisly day in Wimbledon history," the No. 3 in the world, Federer, lost to the No. 116-ranked Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Using old-school serve-and-volley tactics, the 27-year-old Ukrainian ended the Swiss champion’s remarkable streak of reaching 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals.
ESPN surveyed the wreckage saying Federer's loss was his:
• Earliest defeat at Wimbledon since losing in the first round in 2002.
• Earliest defeat at a Slam since losing in the first round at Roland Garros in 2003.
• Worst defeat at any event since losing to No. 154 Mario Ancic in the first round at Wimbledon in 2002.
• First defeat by a player ranked outside the top 100 since losing to No. 101 Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo in 2005.
Does his opponent have an explanation?
"I still have no feelings what I accomplished. I'm still somewhere lost," Stakhovsky said after the match. "I'm sorry. I cannot really explain."
Sergiy Stakhovsky clinched one of the greatest wins of his career  dethroning the champion  Roger Fe...
Sergiy Stakhovsky clinched one of the greatest wins of his career dethroning the champion, Roger Federer, 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5 7-6(5) at Wimbledon 2013.
Several newspapers had their own theories. "Federer, his racket showing age," read one headline. "Did Wimbledon's strict dress code make Roger Federer lose?" asks another.
Was it the shoes?
"Maybe it was the shoes," First Post writes. "Roger Federer breezed through his opening round match at Wimbledon in 68 minutes wearing custom-made Nike shoes with orange soles."
After the round, the All England Club asked him to change his footwear, because it did not adhere to its mostly all-white attire rules. "I'm wondering whether that had any effect on your movement," one reporter asked at the post-game press conference.
"No, it didn't have any effect," Federer said.
Is he too old?
First Post had another explanation: "More likely it has to do with age."
"Federer, the defending champion, looked his age at times and was noticeably tighter on the big points than he was in his glorious prime," said ESPN's Greg Garber.
Some fans agree, leaving comments that sound like ones you would hear for the ailing Nelson Mandela.
"Guys, as much as we hate it, we must admit that age is kicking in," Omonoiadam Hadjivasiliou wrote on Facebook. "Federer was 9 years into the quarterfinals and 7 times champion, what else we need from him? He doesn't need to prove anything more, he just entered the twilight of his career. In 10-15 years we will feel lucky just to be witnesses of the greatest player ever."
What says Federer? Is this it?
"No, because I still have plans to play for many more years to come," he said, adding that he will, "Go back to work and come back stronger."
In fact, he's already plotting his 2014 comeback.
"Looking forward to next year, that I can do better next year. Usually I do turnarounds pretty good. I'm looking forward to what's to come," he said.
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