The five-time US Open champion Roger Federer will miss the season's last Major for the second straight year due to a knee injury. Roger claimed five consecutive US Open crowns between 2004 and 2008 and has never repeated that after losing a couple of finals.
Roger's last significant result in New York came in 2015 when he lost in the title match to Novak Djokovic in four sets, wasting 19 out of 23 break chances to squander his opportunities and finish runner-up. Federer's last US Open encounter came in the quarter-final two years ago, when he suffered a tough 3-6 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Grigor Dimitrov in three hours and 12 minutes.
Roger gave his best to continue where he left against Daniel Evans and David Goffin in the previous rounds. Still, it was not enough to beat the Bulgarian, taking sets one and three but losing steam in the decider to hit the exit door.
The Swiss had to take the medical timeout after the fourth set and never stood a chance in the decider to propel Grigor through. Dimitrov tamed his shots nicely and bounced back after losing sets one and three, keeping faith in his game and never losing focus.
He defended ten out of 14 break chances and stole Federer's serve five times to advance into the next round. Thanks to that deciding set, Roger sprayed too many errors and wasted his opportunities to close the match before going to the distance.
Roger Federer will skip the US Open for the second straight year due to an injury.
The Swiss was off to a flying start, taking 14 of the first 17 points to grab a 3-0 lead and keep it up throughout the set for 6-3. Grigor bounced back in the second set and opened a 5-2 gap with a break in game six, looking good to level the overall score at 1-1.
Federer broke back in game nine but could not use that momentum, suffering another break at 4-5 to hand the set to his rival in what would turn out to be one of the encounter's pivotal moments. Despite this setback, Federer started over in the third set and stole Dimitrov's serve in games seven and nine for 6-3, moving a set away from the finish line and a place in the last four.
Ready to fight until the end, Grigor earned a break at the beginning of the fourth set and defended it nicely, repelling five break chances at 5-4 in another critical moment to wrap it up 6-4 and force a decider. Struggling with an injury, Federer took a medical timeout that did not help him to recover, taking one point on the return in the entire set and suffering breaks in games one and three to hand the triumph to his rival.