Federer Booted by Berdych, Roddick Retired at US Open Wednesday
by Staff | September 5th, 2012, 11:53 pm

On a wet day of stop-and-start-and-stop tennis at the US Open, Andy Roddick was officially retired, world No. 1 Roger Federer was sent home, and Andy Murray was put in a position to capitalize on his newfound confidence.
Roddick fell 6-7(1), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4 to fellow former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, ending a career.

“For the first time in my career, I’m not sure what to say, said Roddick, struggling with his emotions as his wife, model and actress Brooklyn Decker, struggled to mask the flow of tears in the player’s box. “It’s been a road, a lot of ups, a lot of downs, a lot of great moments. I’ve appreciated your support along the way. I know I certainly haven’t made it easy for you at times, but I really do appreciate it and love you guys with all my heart. Hopefully I’ll come back to this place someday and see all of you again.”

On Wednesday the men played catch-up in the schedule with sparsely-attended matches seemingly everywhere as holes opened up in the forecast at Flushing Meadows.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced when No. 18 seed Stan Wawrinka retired with illness in the third set. In the quarterfinals Djokovic will face del Potro.

Another Serb was a winner in No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic, who won 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2 over No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Tipsarevic will next face No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain in the quarters.

No. 3 Andy Murray recovered from a first-set loss to overwhelm No. 12 seed Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-0.

“I was more mad at myself,” Murray said about his slow start. “I felt confident at the end of the match.”

In the night match, top-seeded Roger Federer was bumped from the tournament by No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

In doubles quarterfinals action the Bryans advanced over the French team of Junlien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut in two tiebreaks, and the wildcard Harrison brothers lost 6-2, 6-3 to No. 9 seeds Qureshi/Rojer.

In women’s play Maria Sharapova benefited from the rain.

The Russian, down 0-4 to Marion Bartoli before a rain delay, stormed back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in their quarterfinal match started on Tuesday.

“I think that rain break gave me a few hours to think about things,” Sharapova said. “I came out so flat yesterday and she was on fire. She is so tough. I am so happy to win this one.”

With the win Sharapova sets up an all-screamer all-turn-off-the-volume against world No. 1 and fellow birth-giving shrieker Victoria Azarenka.

In the battle of the Italians for a semifinal spot, Sara Errani defeated her doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-4.

“A quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult,” Errani said. “We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net.”

Errani will next face Serena Williams in a rematch of this year’s French Open final. Williams topped fellow former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-3.

“I’m just happy to be in the semis,” Serena said. “This is really cool.”

On court Thursday will be (8) Janko Tipsarevic vs. (4) David Ferrer, John McEnroe/Adam Sandler vs. Jim Courier/Kevin James, and (7) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. (2) Novak Djokovic.

With every “UhhhhUHHHHHHHH!” Victoria Azarenka hit, like her or not, we find ourselves rooting for her to lose quickly so that godawful noise stops. Maria too…Nikolay Davydenko has boarded the women’s-tennis-is-not-equal train: “Why girls play best of three sets, and we should play best of five sets, and have the same prize money?” the Russian said. “Why are we playing five-set matches? We need to play best of three in Grand Slams. Everybody will support, [even Roger] Federer. For Federer, it’s easy to win in one hour, two sets. No need to run (for) a third set.”…Bob Bryan told the Wall Street Journal that during the mixed doubles competition at the US Open they use “women’s balls” which are smaller and faster: “It flies a lot more, and you can shape it more.”…After the US Open, Sara Errani will be atop the WTA individual doubles ranking, only the second Italian after Flavia Pennetta…US Open advertiser Miller 64’s new slogan is “Returning to fitness with beer as my witness” — awesome…The first Roger Federer Lindt chocolates commercial with the airport luggage screening girls was clever; the current one with the hotel check-in girls is stupid…John Isner has twin older brothers? How did tennis miss out on them?…Rafael Nadal has reportedly been sign-up to play the USTA’s BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition at Madison Square Garden in March 2013, as will receive $1.5 million to show. Last year’s event featured Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick. Nadal’s opponent is unknown, but the women’s portion of the event will feature Serena Williams vs. world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, according to Bloomberg News…U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier on John Isner losing to Phillip Kohlschreiber at the US Open: “I think fatigue makes cowards of us all and causes bad choices. I’m not saying John played cowardly tennis, but I think his shot selection has been slightly too erratic. I think when you have a tired mind and tired legs, you make poor choices.” — Then what the hell does the “coward” comment mean?…The U.S. vs. Spain Davis Cup semifinal after the US Open on clay in Spain will be John Isner and Sam Querrey against David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in singles…Victoria Azarenka will hold onto the No. 1 ranking come Monday no matter what happens in week #2 of the US Open.

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63 Comments for Federer Booted by Berdych, Roddick Retired at US Open Wednesday

Lou_tennisfan Says:

Federer looked completely out of sorts today. The Walkover really had a huge impact on his game. Maybe Roddick’s retirement was also on his mind and it was evident the way he was spraying balls out of the court.

He will be back , there is no doubt about it. Simply because he is a fighter and still believe he has atleast a couple of GS left in him.

The Mysterious Loss of Roger Federer at US Open : http://tinyurl.com/9ln3k3a

andrea Says:

well done for berdych. i was nervous for roger coming into this match. when the b-man is on, he really power through you and that is the type of game that can disrupt roger on hard courts. thought he might make it a setter, but them’s the breaks. the second set was pretty patchy but the third and fourth set had some great strokes from both.

cilic must be crying in his hotel room tonight. up 1 set and 2 breaks and he loses the second set in a tiebreaker, then gets pushed out with a bagel fourth. ouch.

andrea Says:

wow. i’m throwing in as many typing errors as roger’s UE’s. ‘five’ setter.

Wade Says:

I think it was first defeat for Federer under the lights at US Open as well.

van orten Says:

what a devestating loss for roger …he played so bad the spanish commentator of espn couldnt believe it…never seen him play that bad on big points vs a mental hobbit

van orten Says:

and now lets wait to seee berdych be berdych again vs murray…wow murray this is your chance…!!

rave Says:

I am always so sad when Roger loses. I go into a depression for a week. Roger probably gets over by tonight, because that is the kind of person he is. He always moves foward, that is why he has been so successful. No worries, he will be back. Now I am going to cry myself to sleep.

van orten Says:

this loss hurts more than any vs nole or rafa..vs berdychhhh_??? come one …what a bummer

Wade Says:

Lmao at the pic. Federer kneeling down milkin a cow!

Dave C Says:

Andy and Novak – now this should be good

madmax Says:

Nah…I always believe in Roger.

And the first set so tight. A tie breaker. If only, eh?

Berdych blows hot and cold, a really good player of course, but he is inconsistent to me. When he is on, he is on, and he had his flow, Roger has played a lot of tennis this year, reached many more finals than Tomas, he should still be happy with his season so far.

I really thought Roger would plough through on his tremendous run of match wins, but it was not to be.

Of course, I am not happy he has lost and as is so often the case, players like Berd, will go on to lose the next match because they are so overwhelmed that they have played and won against Roger, that they fall flat the following match. That’s what is the irritating thing.

If you go on to win against Roger, then go on and win the tournament Berdych!

Similar to me about crazy wins like Rosol against Rafa, you want the guy to carry on this wave of success, it kind of makes up for the fact that they beat a great player.

Now what?

A nice long rest for Roge until is it October? Basel?

Not going to be too depressed about this.

Well done to Roger for continuing the QF streak, perhaps what one of the others said, about having a walkover and losing the “flow” a bit did have an effect, like Novak against Fognini was it? when he pulled out?

When you look at all the tournaments Roger has won and reached the finals in, don’t want to be too downhearted. It sucks though.

Are there any Berdych fans here on TX (or just the rafa fans who hate Roger, so will support anyone he plays). I mean TRUE berdych fans?

Eric Says:

Shanghai is next, his schedule says, for Roger. Early October.

Sienna Says:

Next time because you cant win them all.

Murray might get this one

Michael Says:

As fans of Roger, we have too much expectations out of him at this age and I think Roger too has to share the blame as his incredible run made his fans more hungry. But there is a limit even for Roger which he cannot go beyond. He is a human afterall. Today was definitely not his day. He shanked and sprayed the balls all over for Berdych to have a field day. Not to take anything away from Berdych, he played his usual power brand Tennis which considering the damp conditions was even more lethal. Roger couldn’t cope up with the speed as his rhythm was upset by that walkover by Fish. In the end, what was seen as a huge advantage for Roger, seemed to be his undoing.

Michael Says:

This is the moment for Andy Murray and he has to seize it. Nadal is not there and Roger has gone early. Now is the great challenge for him which he has to convert into an opportunity. His only stumbling block would be Novak if both manage to reach there and I see that a big possibility. I would say Go Andy all the way. Seize the moment and make your fans happy. Better late than never !!

jane Says:

I read that it’s the first time in 33 slams that neither Fed nor Nadal are in the semis of a slam. Wow.

Nadalista Says:

What’s that loud bump I just hear? Oh feck, it’s just sienna coming down to earth………

Can’t win them all, my ass……….

Brando Says:

Re fedal: 1st time no fedal SF since Wimby 2004! Over 8 years folks! The reign of fedal- extremely amazing!

Brando Says:

Re muzza: andy can ONLY face 1 of big 3 now. IF muzza could pick 1 of the 3, my gut feeling says he would have picked nole. Similar games, plus pschologically easier for him as he sees the other 2 as the 2 greatest ever! Maybe just maybe …….

Colin Says:

This has developed into a pattern. Federer wins a few matches in a tournament and everyone – not just the fans, the supposed experts too – says he’s playing perfect, immaculate tennis. Then he loses.

Brando – Murray can only face one of the big 3? Be careful making assumptions! Most people assumed Fed would beat Berdych, and now you’re assuming Nole will beat DelPo.

harry Says:

@madmax —
you asked “Are there any Berdych fans here on TX (or just the rafa fans who hate Roger, so will support anyone he plays). I mean TRUE berdych fans?”

Well, apart from the top 4, I actually like watching Berdych, DelPo and Tsonga when they are playing well. I thought Berdych played a superb match today. True, le Fed was not at his scintillating best today, but still beating Fed (even one playing a B game, as Kimberly said in another thread) in a slam is something very very few people have done. I hope Berdych takes it to the next level; but I would also like to see Muzza do well… So lets see…

harry Says:

Colin —
To be fair to Brando, he only said “can”; he did not say that Andy and Nole will reach the finals.

Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:

Fish would have beaten Federer. On the plus side, Fed will be able to use his shoes again next year.

mat4 Says:

Hi, Harry.

BTW, I was able to reproduce the bug I mentioned the other day. Twice…

To answer your question about Nole’s game. I don’t know how he will cope with the pressure, but from what I have seen in his matches against Benneteau and Wawrinka, he is close to his best.

His movement and BH were not that good against Stan, but I think the BH was perfect in the previous matches, and that it has overall improved, with more spin CC. Anyway, when you want to know if Nole is in form, just count the number of BH down the line he plays.

His game is changing, and like I wrote before, he is evolving toward a federesque conception of the game: he is more aggressive, he takes more risks and tries to shorten points. His net play has improved, and his timing to go to the net is better. He has beefed up his FH, especially CC and he has a tremendous running FH. He also has improved his game after his first serve, and he serves more down the T.

Overall, I think that he plays better than he did last year, but he had problems to cope with the pressure at key moments in 2012: he greatest mistake was to allow the interruption of the final at RG. Then, he completely melted in the semi of WB. Finally, he was tired and he played an awful match in the final of Cincy.

But the good thing is that he continues to progress, and if he manages to win the USO, he will be terribly difficult to beat on hard in the next few years.

About the USO: his main problem will be how to cope with Murray’s physical power. Djokovic plays a sounder strategic game, but has a potentially annihilating first serve, and can run any ball. He has much more power than Djokovic and from time to time he finds a way to use that power. Nole is better at using angles, opening the court, he has a better FH. So, que sera, sera…

Michael Says:

As regards Murray Vs Berdych, surprisingly Berdych has a postive H2H against Murray and he is confident against him. He also has the extra confidence of beating Roger in four. All these make Berdych a real threat for Murray. It is not going to be easy for Murray. I suspect Berdych might be in the finals if Murray doesn’t produce his best Tennis. Nevertheless, I hope that somehow Murray wins and break his drought.

jamie Says:

Federer looked drunk out there. Played horrible.

jamie Says:


No. Nole will.

jamie Says:


Fedal are over. Will be hard for either of them to win a slam from now on. Maybe Nadal has one more RG title left to win. But Federer needs a roof to win a slam these days. A ROOF. LOL.

jamie Says:


MMT Says:

I went back and took a look at Berdych’s results after each of his victories over Federer and it turns out he hasn’t won a single tournament in which he’s beaten him.

Then I went back and looked at his wins over Nadal – fair enough it was a long time ago, but it’s the same – no tournament victories after a win over Nadal.

So, I hate to say it, because I like his game, it doesn’t look good for Berdych despite is big win over Federer.

jamie Says:

Berdych rarely wins a tournament. Period.

Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:

The last time Berdy beat Rafa was in 2006 and he wins one title a year, so MMT,your observation is a little pointless.

Polo Says:

Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says: “…Fed will be able to use his shoes again next year.”

Hahaha! Roger should stop wearing shoes with numbers. I find them quite ostentatious.

jane Says:

MMT, true about Berdych. Although I checked and when he beat Fed in the QFs at Wimbledon 2011 he did go on to beat Nole in the semis, and then lost to Rafa in the finals, and when he beat Fed in the R16 at Miami 2010, he made it through to the finals again but lost to Roddick who was resurgent the first half of that year. So he’s made the finals, but then no title.

RZ Says:

Big error in this article. Serena Williams was NOT in the F.O. final – she was booted in the first round.

MMT Says:

“Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:
The last time Berdy beat Rafa was in 2006 and he wins one title a year, so MMT,your observation is a little pointless.”

My only point is that Berdych has a habit of, after beating a top players, crapping out before closing the deal – even though he does win tournaments (after all 7 is 7 more than nothing).

Therefore, while he does have a good record against Murray, he doesn’t have the habit of closing the deal, and thus, I think he’s unlikely to win the tournament.

I mean Djokovic has done it more than once, and del Potro beat Nadal and Federer at the US Open in 2009 – it doesn’t get any bigger than that. Murray beat both Federer and Nadal in the Rogers Cup 2010, tournament, but he has a better pattern than Berdych in that he did beat Federer in Madrid in 2008 and win the final over Simon. He beat Federer in the semi-final in Doha, and won the final over Roddick, and beat del Potro in Miami in 2009, then beat Djokovic in the final.

I guess for some players it’s a good sign to beat one of the top players before the final, but not so much for Berdych.

jamie Says:

“I guess for some players it’s a good sign to beat one of the top players before the final, but not so much for Berdych.”


Or for Soderling, Tsonga, Ferrer, etc. They are not slam winning material like Berdych.

Polo Says:

Most of the players outside of the top four, have difficulty maintaining their focus in the entirety of a tournament. Once they beat one top player, all their adrenaline becomes pretty much used up and they have none left to give to beat another top player. In fact, immediately after beating a top player, they often lose their succeeding match against somebody who is quite ordinary.

the DA Says:

jamie Says:
“Berdych rarely wins a tournament. Period.”

“They are not slam winning material like Berdych.”


Contradictory much? More evidence to take everything this poster says with a pinch of salt.

MMT Says:

the DA, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think your sentence would have captured your thought better had it read, “Like Berdych, they are not slam winning material.”

Kimberly Says:

Berdych did follow up his big win over Federer by beating a subpar Djokovic but then crumbled to Nadal at Wimbledon 2010.

dari Says:

Wish the best for delpo tonight, hope he os fit and can come up with some killer form. He’s gonna have to find a way to get a decent start, as he is normally a bit sluggish at first. Vamos

Kimberly Says:

And Soderling made it to the finals both years that he beat Rafa and Fed at Roland Garros, beating other good players.

goat galz Says:

his main problem will be how to cope with Murray’s physical power. >>>

He had barely any physical power against FeLo or Cilic. He needed them to choke. I don’t think Novak will choke.

Alok Says:

I hope Berdych does not doa a Cilic with Murray. Murray’s gotten very lucky with both Lopez and Cilic. Raonic is inexperienced but yet took it to Murray who had the answers, but with the other two Murray got very lucky.

jamie Says:

Murray always gets lucky with the draws at slams but still sh!ts-the-bed in slam finals.

Alok Says:

Not according to the Murray fans. His draws are always the toughest. He plays a couple of rounds with some low ranked players and they say he’s looking ominous. No one is allowed to speak the truth and point out that those early round players were very low ranked. If they do, they’ll be marked for life as haters.

Huh Says:

I guess being Murray fan is a sin, reading some of the posts! may be doing yoga will wash away the sin, or reading some religious or superstitious book.

harry Says:

@mat4 —
Thanks for the long reply :)

“BTW, I was able to reproduce the bug I mentioned the other day. Twice…”
Interesting: it seems to be a firefox (on ubuntu) problem. This forum discussion confirms it: http://tinyurl.com/brjsgso

I liked your analysis of Nole’s overall level using the confidence with which he plays the BH down-the-line. And I agree, he seems to be building up a formidable level-of-play here. The match with DelPo will reveal more on his level, i think.

You say that his game’s is evolving towards a federer-esque (more aggressive) path; but i dont know if that is the best strategy to combine all his strengths: for example, I noticed on the ATP stats page that his percentage of return points won is much lower than it was last year; other stats this year are similar to his last year’s. May be shortening points helps his service play, but is affecting his return play? ie he is going for winners too soon during his return play? Is the AO final playing on his mind (to shorten the points)? I would like to know your thoughts on this…

WTF Says:

“With every “UhhhhUHHHHHHHH!” Victoria Azarenka hit, like her or not, we find ourselves rooting for her to lose quickly so that godawful noise stops. Maria too…”

Well since they play each other, if you want Azzy to lose because you can’t stand her shrieking, Maria is just as bad if not worse. So you’d be replacing one shrieker with another, and then it’s the finals where win or lose, you’ll be seeing her just as much.

Margot Says:

Scrolling happily down…tumpty tum…
Ah Hello Huh @2.34 :) How r u? :)

Huh Says:

Fine Mrs. Margot :)

Hopefully our muzza takes the title here.

racquet Says:

Smart scrolling Margot, you haven’t missing anything meaningful :)

alison Says:

I cant help thinking how refreshing it would be to have two players in the final,that have never won a GS before,and a 1st time GS champion,what a story that would be,yeah i know dream on,aint gonna happen,having said that as a Brit im hoping Muzza can finally break his GS hoodoo,go Andy you deserve it.

Alok Says:

No one deserves anything, it takes hard work. Going by who is deserving, we can say Fed deserved to win because he’s worked very hard this year to get back his No. 1 ranking, but Berdych played better, that’s all.

It would be nice to see new winners other than top 4 players, and I’d like to see Ferrer win a GS or MS title, but it’s not because he deserves it, only because he’s a hard worker.

Huh Says:

So apparently Murray doesn’t work harder than Ferrer. Duh!

Evan Says:

Holy SMOKES. This is the match of the tournament right now! What a thrilling end of the 4th set for Ferrer to take it with such resilience!

Alok Says:

@huh, plz try to comprehend what I’ve written, before commenting. Thanks.

Huh Says:


I can see it more than you think! And you definitely need to think twice before spouting stuff here.

Huh Says:


Again I say, think twice, before posting your prejudice here to provoke contradicting response. A little compromise on your meanness(and it’s far worse than name-calling in answer to name-calling btw) wouldn’t harm anyone, and defintely won’t harm you of all…

BTW, if hardwork were everything, there could be more than one fed in his generation, which ain’t the case. Incomprehensible? I feel not!

sheila Says:

polo says roger showing #5 on shoes ostentatious. well so does nadal @ fo.

gashu Says:

I have stopped watching the rest of the US open games at the result of Roger’s absence. It is sad, I was almost sure that he would get the trophy. Anyways, come AO or FO or the usual Wimbledon to continue watching again. till then so long..tennis.


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