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Speaking about the anyone-can-beat-anyone feel, 37th-ranked Jurgen Melzer of Austria said: "There has been so much talk about it, you cannot ignore it."
He put a stop to it, though, at least as far as Sergiy Stakhovsky was concerned. Two days after serving-and-volleying his way past 17-time major champion Federer, Stakhovsky played more the way a guy ranked 116th would be expected to, losing 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Melzer.
"I think," Stakhovsky said, "I just played stupid."
It's a common sight at major tournaments: An unknown player knocks out a big name, then fails to follow it up with another victory.
The same thing happened to 66th-ranked Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who went from beating 12th-seeded Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open titlist, on Wednesday to losing to No. 19 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 6-2 on Friday. And 131st-ranked qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, who eliminated four-time major champion Maria Sharapova in the second round, then bowed out 7-5, 6-2 against 104th-ranked Karin Knapp of Italy in the third.
"That was a huge win for me," Larcher de Brito said. "But it was tough for me to hang in there today."
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