Federer’s streak comes to an end
SHANGHAI, China — Hobbled by an ankle injury and on crutches three weeks ago, Roger Federer did something practically unheard of — he lost a match.
The top-seeded Swiss came within two points of a third consecutive Tennis Masters Cup triumph before losing in five sets to David Nalbandian Sunday.
Federer, who hadn’t lost in 24 finals, was beaten 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (3) for only his fourth defeat this year. Nalbandian ended Federer’s 35-match winning streak and his bid to equal John McEnroe’s 21-year-old mark of 82-3 for the best winning percentage in a season in the Open era.
Nalbandian was ranked 12th before the tournament and was summoned to the eight-man field when Andy Roddick pulled out with an injured back. He had to cancel a fishing trip to travel to Shanghai.
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