Fish hands it to Federer

Top seed benefits from walkover in US Open last 16

Last Updated: 03/09/12 8:24pm

  • Share:
Roger Federer: world number one into last eight of US Open without hitting a ball

Roger Federer: world number one into last eight of US Open without hitting a ball

Sky Bet

Roger Federer progressed to the quarter-finals of the US Open without hitting a ball on Monday as Mardy Fish pulled out of their scheduled fourth-round match for health reasons.

The American needed minor surgery earlier this year to correct an irregular heartbeat and admitted after his five-set second-round win over Nikolay Davydenko that doubts over his health remained.

Fish then had another long match against Gilles Simon in the third round, after which he did not do a press conference because of medical reasons.

The 30-year-old did not practise on Sunday and his withdrawal is believed to be because of worries over his heart.

Fish issued a short statement that said: "I regret that I have to withdraw from the US Open for precautionary measures. I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advice.

"I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall."

The walkover means Federer extended his record of consecutive grand slam quarter-finals to 34, and in the last eight on Wednesday he will play sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

The Czech has looked in fine form this tournament and reached his first quarter-final at Flushing Meadows with a dominant 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 6-1 victory over 11th seed Nicolas Almagro.

The first set was tight but Berdych gradually wore down Almagro and in the third set the Spaniard cut a frustrated figure.

Berdych and Federer have met 15 times before, with the Swiss player winning 11 of them, but Berdych did win their quarter-final clash at Wimbledon in 2011 before going on to reach his only grand slam final.

  • Share:


US Open Day 8

Roger Federer looked as down as ever at Flushing Meadows

Roger and out?

After Roger Federer was dumped out of the US Open, we ask is he will ever win another grand slam title?

US Open - Day 8

US Open - Day Eight

Sky Sports News takes you through the action from an eventful day 8 of the US Open, which saw Roger Federer crash out in the fourth round to Tommy Robredo.

Murray: has improved mentally and physically, says Peter

Happy returns

Andy Murray's return of serve was exemplary during his win over Milos Raonic, says Peter Fleming.

Most Popular


Mr Motivated

Mr Motivated

Andy Murray's drive and determination earned him a deserved Grand Slam title, says Greg Rusedski.

Sky Sports views

Sky Sports views

See what our experts have to say on Andy Murray's historic US Open final victory over Novak Djokovic...

Final highlights

Final highlights

Watch highlights of Andy Murray's historic US Open final victory over Novak Djokovic.