James Blake Upsets Top Seeded Roger Federer

Top Seeded Roger Federer‘s bid for his first Olympic singles medal ended today when he lost to James Blake in the quarterfinals 6-4, 7-6. The eighth seeded Blake had been 0-8 lifetime versus Federer going into the match and Federer was seeking his first Olympic medal after losing in the semifinals in Sydney in 2000 and in the second round in Athens in 2004.

From ESPN:

Blake’s victory was a stunner in that he had won only a single set in eight previous matches against Federer. But the top-seeded Federer has been battling a yearlong slump that has left him stalled at 12 major titles, two shy of Pete Sampras’ record.

His Wimbledon reign ended last month, and he came to Beijing knowing he would lose the No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal next week after 4½ years on top.

From USA Today:

Federer had spoken openly about his plan to salvage the season by claiming a gold medal, but now his last chance is in New York at the U.S. Open, where he is the four-time defending champion.

Federer’s latest defeat means no rematch in Sunday’s final against Nadal, who won in epic fashion when they met for the Wimbledon title.

Blake’s semifinal matchup will either be against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez or Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. This is an exciting upset for Blake who had never been able to find a way to defeat Federer in his career up to this point. What a stage to finally breakthrough! This is also a devastating loss for Federer who is having a very rough 2008, following his epic battles with Rafael Nadal at the past two majors.

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