Federer stunned


Crisp-hitting Czech Tomas Berdych claimed the biggest win of his career yesterday when he stunned six-times champion Roger Federer 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Federer was simply outplayed by his 24-year-old opponent, who consigned the Swiss maestro to his earliest defeat at the All England Club since 2002 and became the first Czech to reach the semi-finals since Ivan Lendl in 1990.
“It’s amazing to play in this stadium, such a great player Roger is, it’s amazing,” said the 12th-seeded Berdych after the two hour 35 minute contest.
“Toughest game of my career to serve out, I’m very happy.”
From the moment Berdych claimed the opening point with a rapier-like forehand winner the Centre Court crowd could sense a classic contest was in the offing.
Williams sisters suffer shock doubles defeat
Serena and Venus Williams’ stranglehold of women’s doubles was ended at Wimbled on Tuesday when the American sisters were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina.
A 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to the Russian duo ended Venus’s tournament after she suffered a shock defeat to Bulgaria’s world number 82 Tsvetana Pironkova in the last eight of the women’s singles on Tuesday.
The Williams’ title at the French Open earlier this month was their 12th together in grand slams and meant they held all four majors at the same time. —Reuters