Week 2 at the 2013 U.S. Open got off to a bang on Labor Day as two of the most beloved players in the men's game took the stage during prime time.
But while Rafael Nadal battled back from an early hole inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to earn a berth in the quarterfinals, his long-time rival Roger Federer was left stunned, waving goodbye to the crowd packed into Louis Armstrong Stadium following a shocking straight-set loss, per U.S. Open on Twitter:
Singles action will continue throughout the week, concluding with the women's and men's championships on Sunday and Monday, respectively. But for now, tennis fans are still trying to wrap their heads around the opening day of second-week play at Flushing Meadows.
Below we'll highlight the most notable second-week results thus far.
*Scores and statistics courtesy of USOpen.org.
Tommy Robredo Knocks Out Roger Federer in Straight Sets, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-4
Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer looked out of sorts from the start of Monday's shocking upset loss to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain.
The two players exchanged breaks in the opening set but managed to get to a tiebreak, where Robredo quickly got ahead of the 17-time Grand Slam champion. After nearly an hour had gone by, the Spaniard went up one set to love.
Sloppy play would doom Fed in the second set, where he committed 14 unforced errors, missed six break-point chances and was broken to lose 3-6.
With his back against the wall in the third set, Federer was unable to pull any tricks from his sleeve, missing six more chances to break Robredo and going on to lose the set 4-6, suffering his first straight-set loss at Flushing Meadows in over a decade.
Afterwards Federer expressed his disappointment, per U.S. Open on Twitter:
Rafael Nadal Battles Back to Beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
Rafael Nadal wasted little time asserting himself on Monday night after dropping his first set of the tournament in his round-of-16 matchup with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Both players held serve through the first 12 games of the opening set, but it was Kohlschreiber who made the most noise in the tiebreak, putting Nadal in a hole, one set to love. But Rafa would get the break he desperately needed in the second set to level the match and put the pressure back on his opponent.
After a few more entertaining flurries from Nadal, Kohlschreiber began wearing down in the third set, suffering two breaks of serve to surrender a 2-1 lead to Rafa.
Unsurprisingly, the fourth and final set would last just over a half an hour as Nadal recorded 10 winners and won the first five games before putting the No. 22 seed away for good. Up next, Nadal will take on Robredo for a spot in the semifinals.
Keep in mind that Nadal has reached the semifinals in Queens in each of his previous four trips and will be a heavy favorite to advance on Wednesday.
Richard Gasquet Survives Milos Raonic in Epic 5-Setter, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-6 (11-9), 7-5
Two under-the-radar, but top-ranked players in the men's game, Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic, went the distance on Monday night on Court 17 in a match that featured three tiebreaks and lasted nearly five hours.
Gasquet and Raonic traded blows throughout the night, with the big-serving Canadian, Raonic taking the first set, only to watch the more experienced Frenchman storm back to level the match. Raonic would win the third set with ease after landing seven aces to just one for Gasquet.
But the 22-year-old Raonic would squander a golden opportunity in the fourth-set tiebreaker, coming up short on match point. Soon after, Gasquet made him pay, winning the tiebreaker and sending the match to a deciding fifth set.
Each player was able to get a break of serve in the final set, but it was Gasquet who got the all-important second break. He would serve out the set and advance to his first-ever U.S. Open quarterfinal.
The loss means that Raonic has still never been past the round of 16 at a major tournament.
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