Federer crashes out


NEW YORK — Roger Federer’s hopes of winning a sixth US Open title ended with a shock fourth-round defeat by Spain’s Tommy Robredo in New York, US.


The 32-year-old Swiss, who lost in the second round of Wimbledon two months ago, went down 7-6, (7-3), 6-3, 6-4 on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Federer converted just two of 16 break points and made 43 unforced errors — 20 on his favoured forehand side — as he lost in two hours and 24 minutes.

“Roger is the best player of all times. To beat him in a huge stadium like the US Open and in a Grand Slam, a match of five sets, it’s like a dream”

It means a much-anticipated first meeting between Federer and Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows will not happen as Robredo progresses to the quarter-finals.
“I kind of feel like I beat myself, without taking any credit away from Tommy,” Federer said.

It is the first year that Federer has failed to reach a Grand Slam final since 2002, but he remains determined to regain the form that made him world number one as recently as last year.