The Swede was scheduled to face qualifier Louk Sorensen in the first round Wednesday. “Lucky loser” Rogerio Dutra da Silva of Brazil took his spot.
On a wind-swept day at the U.S. Open that had everyone complaining about the conditions, Roger Federer simply embraced them.
The 12th-seeded Russian beat Tommy Robredo, the lowest-ranked man left in the draw, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.
With another straight-set victory out of the way at the U.S. Open, Roger Federer can start thinking about a rematch with Robin Soderling.
If Roger Federer is going to reach a seventh consecutive U.S. Open title match, he might need to get past the man who ended his Grand Slam semifinal streak.