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‘This Is Grigor’s Moment And Not My Body’s’ – Roger Federer Reacts To Shock US Open Loss

The Swiss Maestro sheds light on the reason why he was forced to take a medical timeout after crashing out of Flushing Meadows.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer said he has ‘missed an opportunity‘ after crashing out of the US Open in a five-set thriller to Grigor Dimitrov.

 

The world No.3 was at one stage leading the match by two sets, but was unable to maintain the advantage as he was knocked out 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Suffering his first ever loss to Dimitrov after being on a seven-match winning streak. Towards the business end of the fourth round encounter, Federer took a medical time out and briefly left the court. When he returned, he could only win two games as his opponent roared towards the win.

“I just needed some treatment on my upper back, neck. Just needed to try to loosen it up, crack it and see if it was going to be better.” Said Federer. “But this is Grigor’s moment and not my body’s moment, so… It’s okay.”
“I had a little bit (of pain) this afternoon (Tuesday). That’s it. I was able to play. It’s okay. It’s how it goes. I tried my best. By it was not far not too bad to give up or anything.” He added.

Federer’s exit ends what has been a mixed run at Flushing Meadows. In his first two rounds the Swiss player dropped a set before producing an emphatic display to defeat David Goffin. The last player he faced prior to Dimitrov, whom he failed to break during the last two sets of his match.

“I’m just disappointed it’s over because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts.” The former champion reflected.
“It’s just a missed opportunity to some extent that you’re in the lead, you can get through, you have two days off after. It was looking good.’
“But got to take the losses. They’re part of the game. Looking forward to family time and all that stuff, so… Life’s all right.”

It is the first time in 16 years that Federer has failed to reach the quarter-final at the same grand slam two years in a row. Something that last occurred at the US Open where he suffered three consecutive fourth round losses between 2001-2003. He hasn’t won the tournament since 2008.

Whilst disappointed with his latest run and nursing a back issue, the 38-year-old praised Dimitrov’s performance after what has been a lacklustre season for the world No.78. Dimitrov had failed to win back-to-back matches at six consecutive tournaments prior to the US Open. It is only the third time he has reached the semi-final of a major and the first since the 2017 Australian Open.

“I thought he was tough off the baseline.” Federer said of Dimitrov. “He mixed up well, which gave me all sorts of problems with the rhythm. Could never really feel comfortable off the baseline.”
“That’s something in the past, I’ve always been able to dominate, I’d say. That was not the case tonight. He did a good job there.”

Federer will now switch his focus to the Laver Cup, which will get underway on September 20th. Meanwhile, Dimitrov is set for a last four showdown with Daniil Medvedev.

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Fabio Fognini beats Guido Pella in straight sets to reach the fourth round in Melbourne

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Fabio Fognini beat Guido Pella 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Italian star converted five of his six break points to close out the match after 2 hours and nine minutes.

 

Fognini saved two break points in the first set with a forehand and a backhand and held his serve. The Italian star did not convert a break point in a long seventh game. Both players went on serve to set up a tie-break. Fognini did not drop a single point to cruise through to a 7-0 win.

In the second set Fognini earned a crucial break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. He held his serve on the second deuce after saving a break point. The 2019 Monte-Carlo champion sealed the second set with another break with a forehand return winner.

Fognini earned a break lead in the fourth game of the decisive set. Pella broke straight back in the fifth game. Both traded breaks again in the sixth and seventh games. Fognini broke for the third time and converted his second match point with a serve up the T.

He is also the 12th player to come back from two sets down at all four Grand Slam tournaments.

With his five-set victories over Reilly Opelka and Jordan Thompson in the first two matches Fognini made history on Wednesday when the “Come-back king” became the first player to win back-to-back Australian Open matches in final set tie-breaks.

“I am so happy to be in the fourth round again in Australia. Now it’s time to recover. I played a really solid game against a really tough opponent. I am happy with the performance”, said Fognini.

Fognini set up a fourth round match against 2018 Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren, who beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 52 minutes. Sandgren fended off nine break points and converted just 2 of his 14 break point chances. Two years ago Sandgen beat Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem en route to reaching his first quarter final at a Grand Slam event.

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Marin Cilic prevails over Roberto Bautista Agut in five-set thriller in Melbourne

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Marin Cilic overcame Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-3 after 4 hours and 10 minutes to score his first top 10 win since the 2018 US Open, when he beat David Goffin.

 

Cilic fought back from losing the first set at the tie-break, but he bounced back in the second set by breaking serve in the ninth game, when Bautista Agut made a forehand error. Cilic held on his serve to win the second set 6-4 to draw level to 1-1.

Cilic cruised through to a bagel win in the third set. The Croatian player got an early break in the fourth set to open up a 3-1 lead. Bautista Agut broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Cilic did not convert a break point chance at 5-5. Bautista Agut earned the break at 6-5 to force the match to the fifth set.

Cilic broke serve in the opening game of the fifth set with a forehand winner, but he did not convert a break point at 4-2. He broke for the seventh time in the match in Bautista Agut’s next service game to clinch a thrilling win, as Bautista Agut fired a backhand into the net.

Cilic took a re-match against the Spanish player, who won their previous head-to-head clash at the 2019 Australian Open in five sets.

“I had an incredible patch. It was a surreal level. Every ball I was hitting was going in. It was coming off my raquet incredibly well. I knew Roberto would always fight and he pushed me all the way in the fourth set”, said Cilic.

 

 

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Karen Khachanov edges Mikael Ymer in marathon match in Melbourne

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Karen Khachanov battled past Mikael Ymer 6-2 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-8) in a marathon match after 4 hours and 14 minutes.

 

Ymer broke serve twice in the second and fourth games of the fourth set to open up a 4-1 lead. Khachanov broke back in the seventh game, but Ymer broke for the third time to take the fourth set 6-3.

Khachanov broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2, but he was broken back in the next game.

Khachanov was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the fifth set before trailing 6-8 in the decisive match tie-break. Khachanov came back by winning four consecutive points to clinch a thrilling win.

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin beat Spain’s Jaume Munar 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 after 2 hours and 4 minutes setting up a third round match against Danil Medvedev. Popyrin broke twice in each of the first and third sets and saved all four break point chances.

Taylor Fritz came back from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2. Anderson was leading by two sets and 4-2 in the third set, but Fritz broke back before winning the third set at the tie-break. Fritz cruised through the fourth and fifth sets. Fritz will face Dominic Thiem in the third round.

“That was huge for me. He played a really tough five setter just the other day and then obviously coming back. Going back to back five setters is going to be tougher for him than usual. I felt fresh, so I just told myself that I have to keep running”,said Fritz.

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