Berdych dumps Federer out of the US Open

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Updated: September 6, 2012

Roger Federer saw his dream of becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Opens destroyed by big-swinging Czech Tomas Berdych Wednesday — completing the Swiss legend’s earliest New York defeat in nine years.

The 17-time Grand Slam title winner, bidding to reach his 33rd Grand Slam semi-final and ninth in a row at the US Open, was beaten 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 by sixth-seeded Berdych.

It was Federer’s worst defeat at the tournament since losing to David Nalbandian in the fourth round in 2003. Berdych, who went into the quarter-final with a 4-11 record against the world number one, will now face British third seed Andy Murray for a place in Sunday’s title match.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached his 14th successive Grand Slam quarterfinal when Swiss 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka was forced to retire from their US Open last-16 match.

Serb second seed Djokovic was 6-4, 6-1, 3-1 ahead when Wawrinka, who had already complained of feeling unwell at the end of the third game of the third set, called it quits.

Tipsarevic brushed past German 19th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 and goes on to face Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in the semifinals.

In the battle of former champions, Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro advanced to the US Open quarterfinals by sending American Andy Roddick into retirement with a 6-7 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-4 victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Andy Murray reached a second successive US Open semifinal after Croatia’s Marin Cilic squandered a set and 5-1 lead to lose their quarterfinal 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-0. He now takes on Berdych for a place in the final.

In the ladies draw, Maria Sharapova advanced to the US Open semifinals for the first time since winning the title in 2006, rallying to defeat French 11th seed Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Sharapova will face off against Azarenka for a place in the final. The world no. 1has a 5-4 record against the Russian including a win in the Aussie open final.

Sara Errani, the 10th seed, became the first Italian woman in the Open era to reach the US Open semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 20th-seeded compatriot, doubles partner and best friend Roberta Vinci.

US fourth seed Serena Williams advanced to the US Open semifinals for the fourth time in five years by defeating Serbian 12th seed Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-3 in 58 minutes.

Three-time champion Williams, a 14-time Grand Slam winner who lost to Samantha Stosur in last year’s final, will next play on Friday against Italian 10th seed Errani for a berth in Saturday’s championship match.