Federer Falls to Blake

Phelps eases into butterfly semis
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 12:11 PM CDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland, adjust his headband during his men's singles tennis match against James Blake, in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Aug. 14, 2008. Blake won 6-4, 7-6 (2).    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Roger Federer’s lackluster year continued today, as American James Blake knocked him out of the Olympics, 6-4, 7-6 (2), ESPN reports. Blake had won just a single set against the once-invincible Federer in their previous eight meetings. The women’s side also saw big upsets, with Serena Williams falling to Elena Dementieva of Russia and Li Na of China bouncing Venus Williams.

In swimming, golden boy Michael Phelps came in merely second in the 100 meter butterfly qualifying. “It's the prelims, nothing really counts until the finals,” he said. Blake, meanwhile, was ecstatic . “I'd lost to him eight, nine, 10, 50 times, I don't know how many, but I had the feeling it could be my day,” he said.