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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shock as Safin, Sampras Bow Out

APMarat Safin reacting to a missed point in his match at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
WIMBLEDON, England -- A strangely listless Pete Sampras lost in the second round Wednesday to "lucky loser" George Bastl, marking the seven-time champion's earliest Wimbledon exit in 11 years.

On Court 2, nicknamed the "graveyard of champions," Sampras rallied from a two sets down but came up short 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4 against a Swiss player ranked 145th in the world.

It was one of the worst defeats of Sampras' career and, on paper, one of the biggest upsets in recent Wimbledon history.

In another major surprise, second-seeded Marat Safin was ousted 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) by Belgium's Olivier Rochus.

For much of the match, Sampras appeared out of sorts. He made glaring unforced errors, struggled with his serve, failed to run for some shots and was nowhere near the player who has won a record 13 Grand Slam singles titles.

Sampras came into the tournament after sustaining a rib strain last weekend, but got through his first-round match without any trouble and showed no outward sign of injury Wednesday.

It was Sampras' earliest defeat at Wimbledon since a second-round exit in 1991. Since then, he has won a record seven singles championships, including four straight from 1997 to 2000. He lost in the fourth round last year to Roger Federer.

But Sampras hasn't won a tournament since Wimbledon in 2000 and came into the tournament with his lowest seeding, sixth, in 11 years. Tuesday's defeat will inevitably raise questions about his future.

Bastl, who had won just one previous grass-court match, only made it into the draw Sunday after Spain's Felix Mantilla pulled out with a knee injury.

Sampras' body language after his defeat was particularly downcast.

After he hit a forehand way long on match point, he trudged head down and shoulders slumped to the net.

Bastl pumped his fists, shouted, "C'mon!" and tossed his wristbands into the crowd.

Sampras stayed behind and slumped on his chair with head bowed for about two minutes after Bastl left the court. He walked off very slowly, briefly raising his right hand as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Earlier, Rochus outplayed Safin on Center Court. Rochus stands just 5-foot-5 (1.65 meters), nearly a foot shorter than the 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Russian.

Safin is the current leader in the 2002 ATP Champions Race, which counts points in tournaments this year, but couldn't handle the quickness and clever play of the 63rd-ranked Rochus.

The match had been billed as a "David vs. Goliath" encounter because of the 28-centimeter height difference between the players. But size wasn't a factor in a crowd-pleasing duel featuring a combination of passing shots, lobs and great gets by both men.

The result wasn't totally unexpected: Rochus had beaten Safin once before in 2001 and extended him to five sets on clay at the French Open last month.

The Center Court crowd was firmly behind Rochus and became upset with Safin's outbursts, including in the tiebreaker, when the he smashed a ball away angrily after missing a first serve.