US Open Flashback: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal clash denied by Tommy Robredo



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US Open Flashback: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal clash denied by Tommy Robredo

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have battled around the globe since 2004, sharing the court at every notable tournament except the US Open! Roger and Rafa were a win away from arranging their New York meeting a couple of times, but it was never to be for them, including 2013 when Tommy Robredo spoiled their party!

Roger Federer and Tommy Robredo both turned pro in 1998 and were among the players to watch from the young generation in the early 2000s. The Swiss has enjoyed a much more successful career, but Robredo has also left a mark on the Tour, winning 12 ATP titles and becoming world no.

5 in 2006. The Spaniard has won 107 wins at Majors, 35 at the US Open, where he always enjoyed playing, reaching the fourth round on a debut in 2001. Until 2010, Robredo was in the last 16 in New York no less than seven times, constantly failing to make that extra step and reach the quarter-final.

The Spaniard changed that in 2013 when he stunned the five-time winner Roger Federer in the fourth round, securing one of his career-best triumphs! Using a favorable draw, Tommy advanced into the last 16 and faced Roger on September 2, losing all ten previous matches against the Swiss and hoping to change that in New York.

Recalling the encounter, Robredo said Marc Lopez gave him some valuable tips in the locker room, as he stuck to them and used the fact Federer was miles from his best. Tommy produced a massive 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph in two hours and 24 minutes to move into the last eight and set the all-Spanish duel against Rafael Nadal.

At the US Open 2013, Tommy Robredo defeated Roger Federer in straight sets.

The Swiss played well in the first three encounters, but it was not to be for him against Tommy, struggling to find his strokes and take advantage in the decisive points, with the Spaniard fending off 14 out of 16 break chances to limit the damage in his games and gain momentum.

Robredo broke in the encounter's first game before Roger pulled it back three games later to lock the result at 2-2. Delivering another break at 4-4, Tommy served for the set but could not close it, allowing Roger to bounce back but winning the tie break 7-3 with an ace after 56 minutes to gain a massive boost for the remaining sets.

Serving well in set number two, Robredo kept the pressure on the other side and clinched a break at love at 4-3 before fending off break chances in the next game to seal the set and take a big step towards the finish line.

At 3-3 in set number three, Roger presented another terrible service game that sealed his fate, with Tommy moving over the top with a service winner in game ten for one of his most notable wins ever. It was the earliest US Open loss for Roger since 2003, and he missed a chance to compete against his greatest rival Rafael Nadal for the first time in New York.