Roger Federer, who holds a record 17 major tennis championships, didn't even make it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open after losing in straight sets to Tommy Robredo. The 19th-seeded Spaniard beat Federer, seeded 7th, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4.
In case you're wondering whether Federer put up a good fight, here's the quick final point of the match:
In late June, Federer lost in the second round of Wimbledon, to a player seeded 116th. This is the first time in a decade that Federer 's been eliminated in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. And it's the first year since 2002 that the player failed to reach a final for a Grand Slam tournament. Robredo and Federer have 11 career matches. This is the first win for Robredo. In other words, this is a big upset, and just one of many lately for the 32-year-old player.
watching federer get beat like that is almost as sad as watching the swift yet unrelenting decline of america.— David Lewis Kennedy (@kennedydavid) September 3, 2013
this is really heartbreaking to watch. It's like watching a favourite pet fading away. The end is nigh I fear #bbctennis— Tim Purcell (@Tim_Purcell) September 2, 2013
The crowd still lets out a collective gasp when Federer hits the ball. Unfortunately it's because he's missing by 10 feet. #usopen— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) September 2, 2013
In a press conference following the match, Federer said "I struggled throughout, which is not very satisfying, to be honest," adding, "Tommy did a good job to keep the ball in play and make it difficult for me today. I missed so many opportunities. Rhythm was off. Yeah, when those things happen, clearly it's always going to be difficult, you know."
Now, Robredo will go on to play the winner of tonight's match up between Rafael Nadal and Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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