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Biggest upset at the Olympics
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Top-seeded Roger Federer was eliminated in the second round of the Olympics Tuesday night, losing 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Federer, who won Wimbledon the past two years and replaced Andy Roddick atop the rankings in February, was undone by poor serving and a string of unforced errors on the shadowy Court 1.
The Swiss star, who looked sluggish in the last two sets, was broken by the 74th-ranked Berdych in the last game of the match.
Tomas Berdych admitted that Roger Federer might have been off his game a bit during Tuesday's match.
"It was everything," Berdych said. "This guy won Wimbledon and the Australian Open and now you are the player who beats him. Unbelievable."
Federer handily took the opener, breaking to 3-2 then simply holding serve to take the set.
But he started to struggle in the second set, unable to gain control. Berdych won four consecutive points to break Federer's serve for a 5-3 advantage. Federer managed to break back immediately, but he seemed to lose some confidence.
The Czech capitalized on several mistakes to break at 6-5, and Federer lost the set on one of many double faults.
The third set proved no easier for Federer, with Berdych easily keeping pace. With the Czech leading 6-5, Federer committed a double fault and three unforced errors to lose the match.
"I was serving well and not making too many unforced errors, which was crucial playing someone like Roger," Berdych said. "And maybe Roger was not on his form."
Berdych will next face 15th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, who beat him in Davis Cup play in February.
"I want revenge," Berdych said with a smile.
Federer had entered the match 58-5 this season and was the favorite in Athens.
Four years ago in Sydney, Federer narrowly missed out on a medal. Tommy Haas of Germany defeated him for a place in the final and Federer subsequently lost the bronze-medal match to Arnaud Di Pasquale of France.
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