Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open in a stunning straight sets upset at the hands of veteran Tommy Robredo in their 4th round clash at Flushing Meadows.
Federer was defeated 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4 by the Spaniard who sealed victory with a thumping ace down the middle.
Robredo took the first set tie break 7-3 and then broke Federer at 4-3 in the second set to move within a game of establishing a two set lead. Federer had two break points to restore parity but 19th seed Robredo held firm to take the set. In all, the Swiss squandered 12 break points in the second set.
Robredo seized the opportunity in the third set breaking Federer to love, and held onto take the set and match to confirm his place in the quarterfinals.
Federer, a five-time former champion, had never lost any of ten previous encounters with Robredo. It is also the first time in a decade that he has failed to make the quarterfinal stages in New York, thwarting a potential showdown with Rafael Nadal.
Robredo will now meet the winner of the Nadal and Philip Kohlschreiber match.
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