Federer moves into quarters

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Roger Federer dropped his first set in the US Open before defeating Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

Federer moves into quarters

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Roger Federer dropped his first set in the US Open before defeating Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Federer will play 11th-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina or Davide Sanguinetti of Italy. "So far in this tournament, I haven't lost a set before,'' Federer said after the match. "When it happens, you're not ready for it,'' he added Federer has hardly been tested in the US Open - or this year for that matter. Terrific run He's 68-3 and unbeaten since the French Open semifinals. He has won 32 straight matches on hard courts - moving him ahead of Ivan Lendl and behind only Pete Sampras in the Open era. Federer can break Sampras' record if he wins the tournament. But Federer looked vulnerable early against Kiefer whom he'd already beaten three times this year. Federer's timing was off as he repeatedly hit shots a touch too long or dumped them into the net, and his game lacked its usual flair. He even tossed his racket once, a rare show of emotion on the court. Federer finally returned to form in the third set. With the set tied 3-3, Kiefer reached double break point when Federer netted a forehand. Kiefer made two unforced errors as Federer closed out the game. Federer broke Kiefer in the next game and then served out the set as Kiefer slipped awkwardly racing for a shot in the corner on set point. Though Kiefer made him work for the final set, Federer seemed more like himself with dazzling shots. (AP)

Topics : Tennis David Ferrer Novak Djokovic Bernard Tomic Rafael Nadal Andy Murray Stanislas Wawrinka Roger Federer
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