Federer crashes out to Robredo in US Open stunner
Baku-APA. Roger Federer suffered a stunning upset in the fourth round of the US Open, the 17-time Grand Slam champion falling to Spanish 19th seedTommy Robredo 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-4 in a last-16 match, APA reports quoting AFP.
Federer's failure, on the heels of a shock second-round Wimbledon exit, thwarted a potential quarter-final match with 12-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, in what would have been their first meeting on the New York hardcourts.
"If I'm playing like this, I'm not going to beat Rafa," five-time US Open champion Federer said on Monday.
Instead, it will be Robredo, in his first US Open quarter-final, awaiting the winner of a later match between Nadal, who is 6-0 against his countryman, and Germany's 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Robredo, who had lost his 10 prior matches against Federer, suffered seven prior fourth-round US Open defeats and matched his best Grand Slam performance by finally breaking through.
"To beat Roger, it's something amazing," Robredo said. "It's like a dream. I am so happy. It was a great day."
Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer reached his eighth consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, hitting 13 aces among his 46 winners to defeat Serbian 18th seed Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in a rematch of a 2012 US Open quarter-final.
Ferrer will face the winner of a later match between French eighth seed Richard Gasquet and Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic.
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