An Early Exit for Federer 9/3/13
NEW YORK - Roger Federer has failed to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time in a decade.
The seventh-seeded Federer capped a year of early Grand Slam exits by falling to No. 19 Tommy Robredo 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round. Federer made 43 unforced errors and managed to convert only 2 of 16 break points.
The 17-time major champion never got past the semifinals in any Grand Slam tourney this year, including a second-round loss at Wimbledon. It's also the first time since 2002 that Federer did not reach at least one final at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Second seed Rafael Nadal struggled early before advancing to the quarters against Robredo. He dropped a first-set tiebreaker before knocking off No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer (dah-VEED' feh-REHR') moved into his eighth straight Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 victory over No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic (YAHN'-koh tip-SEHR'-oh-vihch). Ferrer next faces Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY'), who overcame match point and 39 aces to beat Milos Raonic, 6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 in four hours, 40 minutes.
On the women's side, No. 10 Roberta Vinci and unseeded Daniela Hantuchova (han-too-KOH'-vah) and Flavia Pennetta have advanced to the women's quarterfinals. Vinci beat Camila Giorgi, 6-4, 6-2, Hantuchova pulled out a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Alison Riske (rihsk) and Pennetta knocked out No. 21 Simona Halep (HAH'-lehp), 6-2, 7-6.
And the Bryan brothers have advanced to the semifinals in men's doubles as they try to sweep this year's four majors.