Photo: Paul ZimmerRoger Federer (SUI) - 2013 US Open
Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open on Monday following a straight sets defeat to Spain’s Tommy Robredo.
The two took to the court later than scheduled after a four hour rain delay which also meant their match was moved from Arthur Ashe to Louis Armstrong Stadium – it was the first time Federer had played on Armstrong since 2006.
Robredo played well from the outset, breaking Federer in the opening game and despite being pegged back to level terms twice in the first set a dominant performance in the tiebreak gave the world No. 22 an early lead. A single break in the second and third sets sealed Federer’s fate and gave Robredo his first victory over the Swiss in 11 meetings.
"It's amazing. For me, Roger for the moment is the best player of all times. And to beat him in a huge stadium like the US Open and in a Grand Slam, a match of five sets, it's like a dream," said Robredo.
“I kind of feel like I beat myself, you know, without taking any credit away from Tommy,” explained Federer, whose loss in the fourth round at the US Open is his earliest exit since 2003. “I kind of self‑destructed, which is very disappointing, especially on a quicker court. It was a frustrating performance today.”
Robredo will now face compatriot Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals after the 2010 US Open champion saw off Philipp Kohlschreiber 67(4) 64 63 61 in his fourth round match.
The third Spaniard through to the last eight is David Ferrer, who needed four sets to battle past No. 18 seed Janko Tipsarevic. Ferrer will meet Richard Gasquet in his quarterfinal on Wednesday after the Frenchman ended Canada’s Milos Raonic’s run at Flushing Meadows.
The women’s quarterfinal line up is almost complete with seven of the eight players confirmed. The fourth round clash between Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka was postponed until Tuesday due to the rain delay with the winner of that match playing Daniela Hantuchova, who defeated home hope Alison Riske 63 57 62.
“I’m really proud the way I fought back into it in the third, raised my level when I needed to,” said the Slovakian, who is through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2008 Australian Open, where she lost in the semifinals to Ivanovic.
Roberta Vinci and Flavia Penetta set up an all-Italian last eight match after they overcame Camilla Giorgi and Simona Halep in straight sets respectively.