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Federer falls flat

Federer falls flat
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Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round while Rafael Nadal captured his 19th hardcourt win in a row to reach the quarter-finals...

New York (AFP): Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round while Rafael Nadal captured his 19th hardcourt win in a row to reach the quarter-finals without having allowed a service break. Federer suffered a stunning upset at the hands of Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo, whose 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-4 shocker was his first victory in 11 matches against the 17-time Grand Slam champion and five-time US Open winner. "I'm going to feel like I beat myself," Federer said.

Instead, it will be Robredo in his first US Open quarter-final against second-seeded countryman Nadal, who dispatched Germany's 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer reached his eighth consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, beating Serbian 18th seed Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3).
Ferrer will face French eighth seed Richard Gasquet, who outlasted 10th seed Milos Raonic 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (11/9), 7-5 after four hours and 40 minutes and despite the Canadian's 39 aces, the third-most ever in a US Open match.
Meanwhile, Life-long friends Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta as well as Daniela Hantuchova reached the US Open quarter-finals to ensure five women over the age of 30 will be in the last eight.
Vinci, the 10th seed, beat compatriot and qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarters for a second successive year.
Pennetta, now at 83 in the world, made the last eight for a fourth time with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Romanian 21st seed Simona Halep and will tackle childhood friend Vinci with a place in a major semi-final for the first time at stake.
Slovakia's Hantuchova, who last made the quarter-finals as a teenager in 2002, saw off American wildcard Alison Riske 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 on the back of 15 aces and 46 winners.
Vinci recovered from 1-4 down in the first set to race away with 11 of the next 13 games to beat world number 136 Giorgi, who had stunned former number one Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.
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