SAN DIEGO, September 2, 2013 – In two hours and 25 minutes, Tommy Robredo of Spain put himself on the tennis map with a straight sets win over the dominant name in men’s tennis, Roger Federer, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4.
Robredo, the 19th seed, had not defeated Federer in 11 meetings over 11 years. Robredo played well, but it helped that Federer played poorly, hitting a surprising number of his shots out of bounds.
As Federer himself acknowledged after the loss, when he is defeated it sends shock waves through the tennis world. Is the mighty champion falling off his game? “The story of my life: when I lose, people are shellshocked to see me play this way.” said Federer.
“I kind of self-destructed, which is very disappointing,” admitted Federer, who made 43 unforced errors and managed to convert only 2 of 16 break points. “It was a frustrating performance.” The crowd tried to get Federer back into the match, cheering him on, without results.
So much for the anticipated showdown between Federer and Rafael Nadal. Robledo will now face countryman Nadal. Nadal played the number 22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany. Kohlschreiber took the first set 7-6, which led fans to wonder if there would be a second major upset of the night. But Nadal took control and went on to win the next three sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
Number four seed David Ferrer of Spain faced his toughest challenge of the tournament so far, but the runner-up to Nadal at the French Open this year defeated Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3). Ferrer has enjoyed a terrific run. He has been at the quarterfinals or better at every Grand Slam since the start of the 2012 season.
In the quarterfinals, Ferrer will play eighth seed Richard Gasquet of France. Gasquet held off a tenacious Milos Raonic of Canada vying to become the first Canadian to reach the quarterfinals. The score was 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (9), 7-5. The crowd got its money’s worth from this hard-fought match.
Rain delays played havoc with the schedule. The Federer vs. Robredo match started late, and was moved from Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats 23,000, to the smaller Louis Armstrong Stadium, which seats just 10,000. The women’s match between Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic had to be postponed until Tuesday because of the weather.
Matches Tuesday include fourth round men’s competition: Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Marcel Granollers; Andy Murray (3) vs. Denis Istomin; Tomas Berdych (5) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (9), and Mikhail Youzhny (21) vs. the sentimental favorite of many fans, 2001 U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.
On the women’s side in the quarterfinals, Serena Williams (1) plays Carla Suarez Navarro (18), and Li Na (5) faces Ekaterina Makarova (24).
The Tennis Channel airs TV coverage from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ET; ESPN2 airs matches from 1-11 p.m. ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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