Federer, Roddick Advance to Quarterfinal US Open Showdown; Blake Falls

Posted on September 4, 2007

World No. 1 Roger Federer and Andy Roddick will reprise their championship match of last year in the quarterfinals of this year's US Open after the Swiss and the American advanced Monday at Flushing Meadows.

Federer beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4, while Roddick benefited from a medical retirement (breathing problems and/or stomach ache) in moving past Czech No. 9 seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(6), 2-0, ret.

"You don't want to advance because someone else isn't feeling well," Roddick said. "I could tell he was hurting. It's unfortunate but I'm in the quarters and I hope I can go a little further."

Federer tamed the hot-handed Lopez after the Spaniard ran off with the first set.

"(Lopez) was playing fantastic for the first two sets, dictating play, serving unbelievable," Federer said. "But I played great at the end."

While Roddick advanced, No. 6 seed James Blake lost a five-set heartbreaker to No. 10 seed Tommy Haas, failing to convert on three match points when the German served at 4-5 in the fifth.

In the fifth-set tiebreak, Blake threw in a number of unforced forehands and backhands, including a key double fault following a point where Haas threw up a masterful topspin lob over the American.

"I think I was a little indecisive at the end there," Blake said. "I didn't really commit to that serve, and it showed. I wish I had a chance to maybe look at a second serve on one of those three match points that I had. Came up really big with those serves. Did come down to one or two points there. It's frustrating I didn't win 'em this time."

Also into the quarters was No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko who eased past Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.

Scheduled Tuesday at the US Open are Ernests Gulbis vs. (17) Carlos Moya, (23) Juan Monaco vs. (3) Novak Djokovic, (15) David Ferrer vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, and Stan Wawrinka vs. (20) Juan Ignacio Chela.