US OPEN 2013
Robredo Stuns Federer
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The 31-year-old Robredo snapped a 0-10 FedEx ATP Head2Head losing record against the Swiss seventh seed in the match which lasted two hours and 24 minutes.
"I beat the best guy of all time... in a place that he loves to play, I'm delighted," Robredo said in an on-court interview. "I made the break points, he did not," added the Spaniard. "I think that was the only difference."
Federer converted just two of 16 break point chances, missing six in both the second and third sets. "I missed so many opportunities, rhythm was off," said the 17-time major winner. "I struggled throughout, which is not very satisfying... I kind of feel like I beat myself, without taking any credit away from Tommy. Clearly he was making sure he was making many balls. It was up to me to make the difference and I couldn't."
Federer, who was both frustrated and disappointed, said he "self-destructed." The former World No. 1 won just 32 of 52 net points during the loss which ensured that 2013 would be the first year since 2002 that Federer would not reach a major final.
Due to scheduling changes following a rain delay, it was Federer's first match on Louis Armstrong Stadium since 2006.
"When I [walked in], it was like 2% noise. When he was [walking] inside, it seemed like a concert," joked Robredo. "It was so good to have the chance to beat a guy like him in such [a] stadium."
Robredo said his title win at the ATP World Tour 250 event in Casablanca in April spurred his confidence for the season."I just realized that I could be able to just enjoy [it]... and since then I'm just believing and believing and believing," said the Spaniard, who followed up that win with a quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros and another title in Umag. "It's an amazing year for me. Hopefully I can keep going because I'm enjoying [it] a lot."
The victory marks World No. 22 Robredo's first time past the round of 16 in 12 attempts. The right-hander, who was ranked as high as No. 5 in 2006, will face either second seed Rafael Nadal or 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals.