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    Default Berdych sends Federer out at Wimbledon

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    Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic has prevented Roger Federer from making his eighth consecutive Wimbledon final, defeating the defending champion in four sets in quarter-final action on Wednesday.

    Berdych prevailed on Centre Court 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, using a powerful serve to set up a finishing volley on his second match point.

    Top-seeded Federer had appeared in a remarkable 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals, but has now failed to reach that standard in two straight majors after his French Open defeat. He was frustrated for much of the match and dogged by an inability to consistently place his first serve.

    No. 12 Berdych broke Federer four times in London, England, with the decisive break coming in the seventh game of the fourth set. Berdych served 12 aces and was broken just once.

    "It's really tough to show this crowd how I'm just feeling right now, it's amazing to play on this stadium to play such a great player as Roger is, and come here and be here as a winner is just really amazing," Berdych said.

    The Swiss star won five Wimbledon titles in a row beginning in 2003, lost in an epic final to Rafael Nadal in 2008 and regained the title last year. Nadal was unable to defend because of knee injuries.

    Federer had to battle from a two-set deficit in the first match of the tournament. His last loss at Wimbledon before the final was his first round exit in 2002 to Mario Ancic of Croatia.

    The six-foot-five-inch Berdych has now reached consecutive Grand Slam semifinals, the first two of his career.
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