Federer stunned by world 116 Donskoy in Dubai
02 Mar 2017 - 22:41
Dubai: Sluggish Roger Federer rued a "crazy" failure to bury three match points in falling to a shock three-set defeat to Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai on Wednesday.
Former world number one Federer, 35, who lifted his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, had match points in the second-set tiebreak and also led 5-1 in the third-set breaker.
But world-ranked 116 Donskoy battled back to stun the third seed and set up a quarter-final clash against Lucas Pouille of France with a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5) victory.
"I surprised everyone today. I think whoever wins against Roger surprises himself," said Donskoy 26.
It was just the third time since 2007 that Federer has been beaten by a qualifier.
Top seed Andy Murray had no such trouble and said he was getting closer to his brilliant best as he hammered Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-0 to surge into the quarters.