Federer Bedazzled by Robredo; Tuesday US Open Preview
by Staff | September 2nd, 2013, 11:26 pm

Not even Tommy Robredo saw it coming.

“I wasn’t thinking that I was going to win,” Robredo said. “I just was going into the court trying to give my best and we’ll see, no?”


The No. 19-seeded Robredo shocked No. 7 seed Roger Federer 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday at the US Open, ending the anticipation of a potential Federer vs. Rafael Nadal quarterfinal.

“I struggled throughout, which is not very satisfying,” Federer said of the straight-set defeat. “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…I kind of feel like I beat myself, you know, without taking any credit away from Tommy.”

Robredo was 0-10 career against Federer until the Swiss committed a hefty 45 unforced errors in the humid and rainy conditions at Flushing Meadows.

“It’s great to be one of the ‘youngers’ still doing good, because I feel very young,” laughed the 31-year-old Robredo.

The loss ends an 11-year streak where Federer had reached a Slam final every year since 2002.

Robredo will next meet Nadal, who rebounded from a tough start to defeat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 late Monday night.

“I think in the first set I didn’t feel that I had the control of the points from the baseline,” Nadal said after his 19th hardcourt win of the year. “When I was serving, was okay. I didn’t have a lot of problems with my serve during the whole first set. But when I was returning, I thought I need to play a little bit more aggressive with my background and with my forehand. I was thinking about that. But then when I was hitting the ball, I was not able to do it. Is true that I had an amazing opportunity with the 6-5, Love-40. I had to win that set there. But even like this, in the first set when I was returning, I felt that I should do more.”

Other winners into the quarters were No. 4 David Ferrer battling past No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3), and No. 8 Richard Gasquet saving a matchpoint in a late late-night war weathering a career-high 39 aces from No. 10 Milos Raonic to win 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(11), 7-5.

“He played better down the stretch than I did,” Raonic said. “I think that was pretty clear. Created a lot more opportunities. I struggled a lot more on my service games. I think that’s pretty much what it came down to. Playing that way in the end, it only matters who wins that last point.”

On the women’s side only three matches were completed due to the rains, with unseeded Slovak Daniela Hantuchova ending the run of fellow un-seed, American Alison Riske 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta upsetting No. 21 Simona Halep 6-2, 7-6(3); and No. 10-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci topping countrywoman Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-2.

“When you stop for such a long time, like seven months, you feel different,” said Pennetta regarding her 2012 wrist surgery. “You might not have a problem in your hand, but you start having problems in your leg or abdominal muscle or something, because you aren’t used to playing. Your body needs more time to recover and it’s really difficult. My results since I came back this year have been up and down. But I was always working hard, still working every day with my coach, with my physio, with the physical coach and my psychologist, too. It hasn’t been easy, I can tell you that. I’ve cried a lot. But I love this sport.”

Pennetta will next face her countrywoman Vinci in the quarters.

“We know each other really well,” Pennetta said of Vinci. “I know her since I think 20 years or more because we live almost in the same place. Just 35, 45 kilometer my house from her house. So is going to be really I think nice for us because one of us is going to have the chance to be in the semifinal. In the other way, it’s always not easy to play with your friend. But she do it yesterday and the day before with Knapp, I did it with Sara the second day, so we used to that and we try to play just tennis and then that’s it.”

Hantuchova could not close it out in straights, but crossed the finish line to set up a quarterfinal meeting with either No. 2 Victoria Azarenka or No. 13 Ana Ivanovic, who will play Tuesday.

“She played extremely well at the end of the second set,” Hantuchova said of Riske. “Just really proud the way I fought back into it in the third, raised my level when I needed to. Obviously the serve was working really well today. I think that was the main difference.”

On tap for Tuesday will be (2) Victoria Azarenka vs. (13) Ana Ivanovic, (24) Ekaterina Makarova vs. (5) Na Li, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. unseeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers, (1) Serena Williams vs. (18) Carla Suarez Navarro, (3) Andy Murray vs. Denis Istomin, (21) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Lleyton Hewitt, and (9) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. (5) Tomas Berdych.


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13 Comments for Federer Bedazzled by Robredo; Tuesday US Open Preview

Michael Says:

Tennis is a great leveller. How often you see a former Champion here who won a record five consecutive US Open looking totally out of sorts and bemused on court ? I have been privileged to watch innumerable times, Roger displaying his sheer brilliance on Court and mastering his opponents to meek submission. But this was a day when he looked totally lost and you can see that he already gave up before the match began. This was against a player who has managed to find it tough to even take a set off Roger throughout his career. That he won in straight sets tells you something about the way Roger played. Robredo was not playing exceptional Tennis out there or was he playing the match of his life as some commentators suggested. He was just keeping the ball on court while Roger at the other corner was just shanking the shots at will. It is more that Roger lost than Robredo won. How many break points Roger squandaered away with silly shots in this match ? Innumerable. He just gifted the match away in my opinion. Was it that he was about to face Rafa in the quarters ? I would never venture to that guessing game. But it did look that Roger looked quite disinterested during this match and was playing sloppy tennis. With this poor display, he may not even qualify for the World Tour Finals. When bad things visit you, it does not come in trickle but in streams.

Michael Says:

As regards Rafa, all credit to Kohlscrieber who took the match to him. He was just staying with Rafa for about a set and half and then as usual fizzled away. May be he was helped by the poor first serve percentage of Rafa in the first set when he managed just 41% success. After that momentary lapse in the first set, Rafa began to find his groove and then it was difficult to stop him from rampaging his opponent who had to run for cover. Rafa was hitting winners out of winners. One of his shots retrieving a ferocious forehand from Kohlscreiber to an running forehand winner was breathtaking to watch. He is in some awesome form at the moment and I am not sure who can stop him from winning his second US Open ? If there is any player who has a chance against him even in this kind of form, it has to be Novak. Meanwhile, you can well place Rafa in the finals in all probability for he will meet Robredo in the quarters and in the semis he will fancy himself against Ferrer, Gasquet or Raonic.

nitesh Says:

I think time has come for roger to hang his boots its painful for me – a rafa fan to see roger going down so easily if federer wants his legacy to be maintained he should accept time belongs to nole nadal and murray not him he is getting out early in slams not meeting the current three best players

James Says:

We all started talking about a Fedal showdown at Flushing even before they played their respective Rd 4 matches. We should have shown bit more respect to players like Robredo and Kohls and not easily brushed aside the idea that they are capable of upsetting the great players. I don’t know if we’ll ever have a Fedal at US Open. For now I’m just happy Rafa is still in the tournament. I didn’t watch his last match with Kohls. Not gonna miss his next match. Vamos Rafa!

anthony Says:

No doubt roger is at end but robredo hit great. he stayed in all rallys and outhit roger. the games of nadal and djokovic are predicated more on power than just shotmaking. the “new” players are more physical which allows them to overpower others. roger is from that 5 yr period before the noval and rafa and murray era. athletes keep progressing. i think now it is power not just shotmaking. they aree all in great shape, accurate, but rafa bludgeons the ball. roger just had a bad night, but will rarely contend with the Big 3 of today. the greatest athletes have yet to come….watch out; it is amazing

mat4 Says:

Rafa played well, and was never in danger of losing the match. I don’t think that Kolly had one single break opportunity in the whole match.

The key problem for the German was the return: while his BH worked well enough in the rallies, when returning it was too much of a liability, even on second serves in the ad court.

gonzalowski Says:

3h. 12 min was the Nadal match. Maybe Kohls is a tough player for Rafa, it appears that he always has taken a set in his hc matchs against Rafa.
Robredo and Nadal are playing together the next Davis cup encounter Spain vs Ukraine.

Teeg Says:


Yeah, he is a tricky opponent for Rafa, usually going toe-to-toe trading groundstrokes with Rafa. But in the end, Rafa usually wears him down. Tbh, as a Rafa-fan, I’d rather Rafa had played Isner.

Ty Says:

Djokovic must have made a deal with the devil for this draw…

Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal must have made a deal with the devil’s uncle for this draw…

Brando Says:

Federer must have signed a new endorsement deal to still play on playing this poor…

courbon Says:

@ Ty; You obviously have not seen draw when it came out-Dimitrov, Delpo, Andy on the way to final for Novak?That Dimitrov and Delpo droped out, is not Novaks fault…

Rick Says:

What’s so humiliate about this defeat is that is beaten by a senior player! Fed was in fears of playing Rafa next!

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