Although it gave the impression that he returned to the highest level after extraordinary Quarterfinal from Cincinnati, played in front of Rafael Nadal, the former world leader, Roger Federer, broke down again.
Not to give any set in the first three matches of the U.S. Open, the Swiss was seen as a big favorite against Tommy Robredo. The more so as the Iberian Federer had defeated in all 10 previous direct meetings.
Robredo started up, had 2-0, but Roger came back like a steamroller. A back to 4-3 and 5-3 had the ball, but he didn’t took the opportunity. After a series of break-ins in the games 9 and 10, the two players have reached the tiebreak, but there prevailed seeded 22.
Spaniard has won in overtime set - 6-7, but few people are able to see it also won the other two.
This is not intimidated by Robredo, who still saw the game, never gave any break, even if Federer had 6 opportunities in acts 2 and 3.
Robredo won with 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reached for the first time in his career in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. There he will meet Rafael Nadal, who also beat not ever before, just as it was with Federer duel.
Curse's U.S. Open for the biggest rivals
Although dominated tennis in the last decade together, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have not met even once in cement at Flushing Meadows. Although there have been several times in a single match away from further confrontation, always one of the two lost.
In comparison, Nadal and Federer have played finals in all other Grand Slam tournaments.
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