Photo: U.S. Open Tommy Robredo
It wasn’t suppose to happen.
Five-time champion Roger Federer was trounced and bounced by the No. 19 seed Spaniard Tommy Robredo Garces in fourth round play at the U.S. Open. This was the earliest exit of the Swedish pro player at the U.S. Open since 2003.
Federer, 32, described his defeat as self-destruction acknowledging he made 43 unforced errors. Until today Robredo was 0-10 against Federer and was expected to easily be defeated by Federer, ranked 7th in the world.
Tennis fans were eagerly awaiting what they expected to be a quarterfinal match between Federer and another Spaniard, Rafa Nadal.
Robredo, 31, was born in Girona, Spain turning pro at the age of 16. The Spanish pro is having a great year having made the French Open quarterfinals earlier this year. Robredo has competed twelve times at the U.S. Open and will make his first appearance at the quarterfinals as a result of his win over Federer. Last year he was ranked No. 178 and currently sits at No. 19. In 2006 Robredo reached his highest professional ranking No. 5 in the world.