Roger Federer Knocked Out at Wimbledon

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WIMBLEDON, England -- Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals by Tomas Berdych on Wednesday,stopping his bid for a record-tying seventh title at the All England Club.

The 12th-seeded Czech used his big serve and forehand to beatFederer in four sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, on Centre Court for thebiggest victory of his career.

It's the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reachthe final. Since losing in the first round eight years ago, Federerhad won the title six times and finished runner-up once, bolsteringhis reputation as the greatest player of all-time.

Winner of a record 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer was clearlyoutplayed by a man who has always possessed enormous talent butoften failed to live up to expectations.

The 6-foot-5 Berdych was on the offensive for most of the match,hitting 51 winners, compared to 44 for Federer.

Berdych broke Federer four times, with the decisive break comingin the seventh game of the fourth set. Berdych, hitting firstserves consistently in the 130s mph, served 12 aces and was brokenjust once.

"It's really tough to show this crowd how I'm just feelingright now, it's amazing to play on this stadium to play such agreat player as Roger is, and come here and be here as a winner isjust really amazing," Berdych said.

Berdych ripped a clean forehand winner on his second matchpoint.

"If I can just go through my career, it was so far the toughestgame to serve and close out the match," he said.

Federer came in with an 8-2 career record against Berdych,having lost the first match at the 2004 Athens Olympics and thelast in Miami this year.

Federer was playing in his 25th consecutive Grand Slamquarterfinal. He had won 23 straight, but now has lost two in arow. Federer fell to Robin Soderling at the French Open earlierthis month.

Federer had won 76 of 77 grass-court matches dating to 2002coming into this month, but has now lost two of the past six,including to Lleyton Hewitt in Halle, Germany, the week beforeWimbledon.

With the loss, Federer will drop to No. 3 in the ATP rankingsnext week for the first time since Nov. 10, 2003.

Berdych will next face Novak Djokovic, who swept past Yen-hsunLu in straight sets to reach the semifinals or the second time.

The third-seeded Djokovic never faced a face break point as hebeat the 82nd-ranked Taiwanese player 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in less thantwo hours on Court 1.

Lu stunned three-time finalist Andy Roddick in thequarterfinals, but couldn't replicate that performance against the2008 Australian Open champion.

Djokovic lost just 12 points in 13 service games. He won 26 ofhis first 28 service points, including 15 in a row. The Serb had 29winners and 17 unforced errors, and converted five of 15 breakpoints.

"Nothing is easy these days, especially at this stage of thetournament," Djokovic said. "But the way I played, I deserved towin. I was hitting all the shots and I was really playing verysolid from all parts of the court. I'm very, very happy with theperformance today."

Djokovic reached the semifinals here in 2007 but had to retireagainst Rafael Nadal with a foot injury while trailing in the thirdset.

"This time physically I'm fitter," Djokovic said. "Those werevery strange conditions and circumstances. I had to play three verylong matches in three days and couldn't hold on in the semifinal.This time everything is in order and Ill give my best."

In other matches, No. 2 Nadal played No. 6 Robin Soderling, andNo. 4 Andy Murray faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The women's semifinals are Thursday, with an unusual final fourfeaturing Serena Williams and three unheralded players.

Defending and three-time champion Williams plays 62nd-rankedPetra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, while 82nd-ranked TsvetanaPironkova of Bulgaria will face No. 21 Vera Zvonareva of Russia

Missing is five-time champion Venus Williams, who played ineight of the past 10 women's finals but was upset in straight setsby Pironkova in the quarterfinals.

There was a surprise in the women's doubles Wednesday with thetop-ranked Williams sisters losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in thequarterfinals to Russians Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva.

The loss ends the American pair's hopes of winning the GrandSlam this year after victories at the Australian Open and FrenchOpen. They had won four straight Grand Slam titles and wereshooting for their 13th Grand Slam title and fifth here.

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