Despite his own pain at what seemed to be the end of an era, Federer applauded Stakhovsky.
“I was impressed,” the Swiss said. “There was a time where some players didn’t believe they could beat the top guys. So maybe there’s a little bit of a thing happening at the moment. I’m happy about that, that players believe they can beat the best on the biggest courts in the biggest matches.”
Despite pulling off the biggest win of his life, Stakhovsky was keen to keep his feet on the ground and avoid the fate suffered by many giant-killers who quickly fade into the background after their 15 minutes of fame.
“Today was great, but I didn’t win the tournament,” he said. “I just won the second round. There’s still another five rounds.”