World number one Roger Federer’s bid for his sixth US Open title ended as he was beaten by the sixth seed Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.
After losing first two sets, Federer bounced back to win the third one but Berdych was in no mood to lose the contest this time, closing the match in four sets 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 42 minutes.
Federer started strongly as he broke Berdych in the opening game of the match but it was the Czech star who dominated in the rest of the first two sets.
The Swiss Maestro lost his first serve of the third set and the following game to trail 0-2. At that time, it looked like he would go down in straight sets but the 17-time Grand Slam champion bounced back to win six of the next seven games, winning the third set 6-3 to reduce the deficit to two sets to one and raise some hopes of his fans.
Fourth set went on serve in the first seven games, taking the score to 4-3 in favour of Berdych. The Czech number one hit a blow to Federer at that moment and served out the match in the next game, winning it 6-3.
This is for the first time that Berdych has advanced has advanced to the last-four stage at the US Open in his 10 appearances at this final Grand Slam of the season. His previous best performance was reaching the round of 16 in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Berdych has now moved to the semi-finals of third different Grand Slam. He ended runners up at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and lost in the semi-finals of the French Open in the same year.
On the other hand, Federer failed to win his second best Grand Slam for the fourth straight year. After capturing five straight titles from 2004 to 2008, he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the 2009 final and the current world number two Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of last two editions of US Open.
Federer was the hot favourite to win the title this time, as he had entered the event on the top of his form. After capturing his record levelling seventh Wimbledon title, the Swiss Maestro clinched silver medal at the London Olympics and then thrashed Djokovic to win the Cincinnati Masters one week before the start of US Open.
Berdych is now play world number four Andy Murray in the semi-finals. The British number one made a superb fight back to beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic in four sets 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.
Murray is aiming to reach the US Open final for the second time in his career, as he was runners up to Federer in 2008.