US Open, Day 8: Federer ousted, other big names move ahead
On what was possibly the rainiest day of this season's US Open 2013, there was massive heartbreak for fans of Roger Federer. Supporters of other big names however went back home quite content with the way their demi gods went about their business.
Federer lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time in a decade, surprisingly beaten 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 by 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain.
That this defeat came against Robredo made it all the more stunning. Not that Robredo is a slouch.
Rafael Nadal though had no such problems.
The second-seeded Nadal, who counts the 2010 U.S. Open among his 12 Grand Slam titles, beat Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
Fellow Spaniard David Ferrer also took back a win from Monday.
He beat Tipsarevic 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6.
In other results, Slovakia's 48th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova advanced to the quarter-finals with a rain-interrupted 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 victory over 81st-ranked American wildcard Alison Riske.
Unseeded Flavia Pennetta, now at 83 in the world, made then quarter-finals for a fourth time with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Romanian 21st seed Simona Halep.
Now, life-long friends Roberta Vinci and Pennetta have set-up an all-Italian US Open quarter-final.