(September 2, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 7 Roger Federer has lost in the fourth round of the US Open to Tommy Robredo 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4 on Monday night. This marks the first time that 19th seed Robredo has ever beaten Federer in 11 tries.
The match which was supposed to be in Arthur Ashe Stadium, was moved to Louis Armstrong stadium due to a four -and-a-half hour rain delay which caused havoc with the match scheduling.
2013 marks the first year that Federer has failed to reach a major final since 2002. Federer was knocked out of the semifinals at the Australian Open in January, the quarterfinals at the French Open in June, and in the second round of Wimbledon. The loss at Wimbledon broke his streak of 36 straight major quarterfinals.
Federer is a five-time winner of the US Open, the last win coming in 2008. Federer has won 17 majors – a record.
That ended Federer’s record run of reaching at least the quarterfinals at 36 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
Federer could not capitalize on break points, converting on only 2 out 16. He hit 45 winners but had 43 unforced errors.
“I think I started badly, which put me down a break,” Federer said. “Then I was able to come back in that one.
“But it’s true, I mean, I struggled throughout, which is not very satisfying, to be honest. I mean, Tommy did a good job to keep the ball in play and make it difficult for me today.
“I missed so many opportunities. Rhythm was off. Yeah, when those things happen, clearly it’s always going to be difficult, you know.”
Federer spoke about his lack of consisency: “But I just think it’s been a difficult last three months, you know. Maybe ‑ how do you say ‑ my consistency is just not quite there yet. Maybe on a daily basis, set‑by‑set or point‑by‑point basis, maybe that’s something that has been difficult for me, you know.”
“Well, it’s amazing,” Robredo said of his first win over Federer. “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, no?
“I am so, so happy. I am in quarterfinals again. It was a great day.”
With the loss, Federer has two straight losses before the quarterfinals of grand slam events.
“I kind of feel like I beat myself, you know, without taking any credit away from Tommy,” Federer said. “Clearly he was making sure he was making many balls. It was up to me to make the difference and I couldn’t.
“I kind of self‑destructed, which is very disappointing, especially on a quicker court. Your serve helps you out. You’re going to make the difference somewhere.
“I just couldn’t do it. It was a frustrating performance today.”
“So I’ve definitely got to go back to work and come back stronger, you know, get rid of this loss now as quick as I can, forget about it, because that’s not how I want to play from here on” Federer explained. “I want to play better. I know I can. I showed it the last few weeks, that there is that level. So today was pretty frustrating.”
“If I wanted to beat him,” said Robredo, “I had to put the match very tough, to play all the rallies as long as possible, and try to let him play on the backhand, no? Obviously his forehand is amazing.
“So, yeah, I’m really with him. I always played the same. But I think the difference today was the breakpoints conversion. I don’t know the numbers, but maybe he had 20 and he converted only 2, and it was in the first set when he was break down. In the second and the third, he didn’t do any breaks.
“Then when I was with a chance, I was getting it, no? I think that was the only difference.
“But, yeah, sometimes it happen. And today I was the lucky one.”
“It’s an amazing year,” the Spaniard said, “especially because one year ago I was 100 something, trying to come back. I wasn’t sure if my leg will be perfect or not. You have the doubts, no, that if your body’s going to respond, and your tennis, if you’re going to get the confidence back.”
Robredo will face the winner Rafael Nadal – Philipp Kohlschreiber match.