Roger Federer was confident that he would prove the doubters and naysayers wrong during the 2013 U.S. Open. Headed into the tournament, he’d been criticized by the likes of John McEnroe, and there started to be rumblings that the Swedish star was over the hill. He won his opening match, and everyone became fixated on the chance of him meeting Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. However, Spain’s Tommy Robredo had other plans.
Federer was beat by Robredo to the tune of 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 on Monday at Flushing Meadows, allowing the 31-year-old Robredo to advance to his first ever quarterfinals in the U.S. Open.
Robredo was understandable ecstatic after his victory: “That’s amazing, hey? To beat the greatest player of all time, in a stadium like this, I’m delighted. Today the only difference was I did the break points and he did not. That is why I won the match in three sets” (Reuters).
The loss means the Federer will end 2013 with zero major titles.