While Andy Roddick was eliminated by fellow American, John Isner, his 2009 Wimbledon foe, Roger Federer, had no problem steamrolling over Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Federer hasn’t lost any of his last 38 match and he hasn’t been defeated at the U.S. Open since 2003. Federer will face Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals.
While Isner celebrated upsetting Roddick, his ride came to an end when he was beaten by Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. This is big news because this is the first time in U.S. Open history that an American man failed to make the quarterfinals. Verdasco will next battle against Novak Djokovic.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal continued to make progress after celebrating a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Nicolas Almagro. The match took two hours and 39 minutes to be decided and even Nadal had to concede that it wasn’t his easiest win. “I didn’t serve very well,” Nadal said. “So he had more chances to attack me on the return. But, anyway, he was playing very hard, very aggressive. [It] was difficult for me to have the control of the point.” Nadal’s next opponent will be Gael Monfils.
Andy Murray also advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Taylor Dent 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and a half. “He doesn’t miss. He really doesn’t miss,” Dent said of Murray. “I don’t think that I served, you know, great tonight, but I don’t think I served poorly either. I think I served, you know, probably below average for me, but he made it look and feel like I served…underhanded out there at times.”
Murray played against Federer in the U.S. Open final last year but ultimately lost to the Swedish five-time tournament champion.