Roger Federer suffered a shock 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 defeat at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner had looked destined for a box-office final against Rafael Nadal in what would have been the great rivals’ first meeting at Flushing Meadows.

But Dimitrov tore up that script with victory over the Swiss, who needed a medical time-out and looked out of sorts throughout a five-set defeat, hitting 60 unforced errors.

Dimitrov had not beaten Federer in any of their previous seven matches, and had taken only two sets off him.

“I just feel low,” Federer said. “Just disappointed it’s over because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts.

“It’s just a missed opportunity to some extent that you’re in the lead, you can get through, you have two days off after. It was looking good.”

Grigor Dimitrov will face Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final

Dimitrov is the lowest-ranked US Open semi-finalist in 28 years, and he managed to overcome his nerves ahead of the match to come out on top.

He said: “It’s been a while since I’ve been on this court so I was nervous in the first set and he served really well.

“I think after the second set I felt I was getting a good stride on my shots.

“We had a really long game in the fourth set and I wanted to make him stay on court for long as possible.

Source: SkySports


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