Roger Federer gets upset at U.S. Open
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Roger Federer bounced from U.S. Open by little-known Czech

9/6/12 in Tennis   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Roger Federer gets upset U.S. OpenRoger Federer is not the top tennis player in the world -- not today at least. Federer endured a shocking loss Thursday afternoon to some obscure Czech player whom few people have heard of, and even fewer of whom can pronounce his name properly.

Meet Tomas Berdych (BER-ditch), who earlier today wiped the court with the mighty five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer. Federer was playing in this 34th consecutive Grand Slam tournament quarterfinal, but in this quarterfinal he only won the third set, and lost in four sets.

"I just didn't come up with the goods tonight," Federer told the Associated Press. "It was unfortunate."

You knew something was up when Federer lost the first set, after an unusually long four-day rest. Federer had more than twice as many forehand errors (55) than in any of his U.S. Open matches this year.

Blog Photo - Roger Federer gets upset U.S. OpenThis Tomas Berdych character has actually beaten Federer four of the previous seven times they've faced off -- albeit on smaller and much less significant stages than the U.S. Open. Berdych did previously beat Federer at the 2010 Wimbledon tournament and the 2004 Olympics, but most of his wins over Federer have been at things with names like "Ericsson Open" and "Western & Southern Open".

Does Berdych have a hot model girlfriend. like most big tennis players? Naturally, he does. Her name is Ester Satorova, and she describes herself on Facebook as "Tomas Berdych's girlfriend and model."

Berdych will now go on to meet this year's Olympic Gold Medalist champ Andy Murray in Saturday's semi-final. You can catch all the action online for free at USOpen.org
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9/7/12   |   sujata_bose   |   1 respect

Wow - the author knows nothing about tennis. To call Wimbledon insignificant is stultifying. Wimbledon is tennis' Holy Grail and the tournament most players would love to win. Only an American would think the U.S. Open is more important than Wimbledon. Furthermore, Berdych beating Federer is not that big a surprise. In addition to the wins over Federer you describe above, he has also beaten Nadal in the past.

9/6/12   |   sloanerNYC   |   1 respect

wow . . . what an upset.  Having said this, Roger will go down as the best tennis players ever.

9/6/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Berdych is an unknown player? He's seeded 6th and has been in the top 10 for a few years now. He runs hot and cold though. This tournament he happened to be hot, while Fed was off last night.

9/6/12   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

richardehung wrote:
>Berdych will no go on to meet this year's Wimbledon champ Andy Murray in Saturday;'s semi-final.

Andy Murray did not win at Wimbledon this year, though he put on an excellent show.  He did win the Olympic Gold medal, though.  That's something I hope he is far prouder of.

good catch! You got me there.

9/6/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

richardehung wrote:
>Berdych will no go on to meet this year's Wimbledon champ Andy Murray in Saturday;'s semi-final.

Andy Murray did not win at Wimbledon this year, though he put on an excellent show.  He did win the Olympic Gold medal, though.  That's something I hope he is far prouder of.

True. He won the Gold at Wimbledon

9/6/12   |   richardehung

>Berdych will no go on to meet this year's Wimbledon champ Andy Murray in Saturday;'s semi-final.

Andy Murray did not win at Wimbledon this year, though he put on an excellent show.  He did win the Olympic Gold medal, though.  That's something I hope he is far prouder of.