Spain's No. 19 Tommy Robredo landed the upset of the US Open on Monday night, defeating five-time Open champion Roger Federer in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Of the ten times that the two had met previously, Federer had won them all. In fact, Federer hadn't even dropped a set throughout the first three rounds of the Open, and only once did an opponent take more than three games from him.
But Robredo, despite an extremely partisan crowd, maintained his composure to reach the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time in his career. He had failed in his seven previous fourth-round matches.
“I won. That's amazing, isn't it?” Robredo said following the stunning win. “I beat the best guy of all-time in a great stadium like this in the US Open. I'm delighted. It's unreal.”
Robredo was clinical in his first-ever defeat of Federer. The Spaniard landed 70 percent of his first serves in, minimized his errors and converted on 4-of-7 breakpoints. Federer, in stark contrast, didn't capitalize on his break-point opportunities (2-of-16). But more than breaking Robredo's serves, Federer was far from his typically precise self, amassing 43 unforced errors. Robredo also consistenly hit minimal angles even when Federer rushed the net.
Robredo's stunning upset also derails what would've likely been the most enticing match of the US Open: The first-ever Nadal-Federer showdown at the Open.
It wasn't meant to be, as Robredo broke Federer at 3-3 in the third, then refused to give-in to the 17-time major winner.
Up next he'll likely take on his countryman Rafael Nadal (Robredo is 0-6 all-time), hoping for an even bigger upset than what transpired on Monday night.