Roger Federer will have to wait another year to tie Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles. The world no.2 and defending champion was booted out of the tournament on Wednesday, losing to 12th seed Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6.
Berdych of the Czech Republic committed more unforced errors, 23-18, than Federer but made up for it by hitting more winners, 23-18. Berdych will appear in his second-straight Grand Slam semifinal after also reaching the final four at the French Open. The 24-year-old Berdych will face third seed Novak Djokovic, who eased past Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
With Berdych’s victory, fans at the All Englad Club will be treated on Sunday to something that has never happened since 2002–Federer not playing in the men’s final. Federer won Wimbledon five-straight years from 2003 to 2007 before losing to Rafael Nadal in 2008. The Swiss ace earned his sixth Wimbledon title when he defeated Andy Roddick in the final last year.