Beijing:Roger Federer was stoic in defeat but admitted his Olympic shock at the hands of James Blake was a "big blow" as he ponders his worst season in years.
Federer, who will hand over his number one crown on Monday, now has only the US Open left as he looks to salvage a year of 12 defeats and zero Grand Slam titles so far -- his first since 2002. "It's a big disappointment obviously. You know, it was one of the goals of the season for me to do well here," he said.
"So obviously the quarter-finals is not going to do it for me." A strangely out-of-sorts Federer handed over the first set and succumbed meekly in the decisive tie-breaker to Blake, who ran out a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) winner for his first victory in nine attempts over the Swiss.
"I think James played well. I can only really say how well he played," Federer said. "I mean, he went full-out and hit everything he needed I thought. I've played him on many occasions, but I think this was the best I've seen him."
"I'm happy for him. He's a good guy. I hope he can go all the way now." The defeat will be tough for Federer who has made the Olympics one of his top targets all season and desperately needed a win to resurrect his season.
He refused to blame a "brutal" rain-hit schedule which forced him to play a doubles match with partner Stanislas Wawrinka immediately after the heart-breaking loss.