• Federer battles Melzer for quarterfinal spot

    9/6/10 6:28 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer battles Melzer for quarterfinal spot Roger Federer will continue his bid for a sixth U.S. Open title on Monday night. Standing in his way of the quarterfinals is Jurgen Melzer.

    Roger Federer and Jurgen Melzer had spent 12 years on the pro tour together without ever facing each other. Now, they find themselves going head-to-head for the second time less than two months.

    Federer and Melzer will square off in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Labor Day. Their only previous encounter came in the same stage at Wimbledon earlier this summer, with Federer dominating 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

    Melzer, however, should not be discounted. The 15th-ranked Austrian had never been past the third round at any major this season, but he suddenly reached the semifinals of the French Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon. Looking better than ever at 29 years old, Melzer is 38-20 for his 2010 campaign after wins over Dmitry Tursunov, Ricardas Berankis, and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

    Running into Federer at both Wimbledon and now the U.S. Open, however, is a stroke of bad luck. A six-time champion at Wimbledon, Federer is a five-time champion in New York and has won 44 of his past 45 matches at the tournament. So far he has rolled over Brian Dabul, Andreas Beck, and Paul-Henri Mathieu, all in straight sets.

    "I must play better against Federer than I did in Wimbledon," said Melzer. "I played the worst I possibly could against him. To have a chance I have to play my best."

    Melzer is exactly right, and that's exactly what he did against Ferrero in an impressive performance on Saturday. To do it against the world No. 2, however, is a much different proposition. An in-form underdog should make this competitive, but Federer in three tight sets is the pick.

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C'MON Roger! C'MON! :)

sky , 9/6/10 6:59 AM

Pretty zippy match happening with Fed and Melzer.

smr , 9/7/10 4:01 AM

Good game Rog...:)

Ur just the BEST !!!!:D

tomnjerry2 , 9/7/10 4:57 AM

Yeah! Ur just the BEST 2nd ranked tennis player!!!

phoenix , 9/7/10 5:48 AM

Beautiful Play by Roger.
Amazing how well he plays even at this age.

Next Soderling...

sabs , 9/7/10 6:02 AM

Roger is not 60. He is 29 yrs old. Why wouldn't he play beautiful tennis??
Being one year off 30th doesnt mean you shrivel into a puddle of nothingness.

29 years old is not old! I wish people would stop with this age nonsense.

isabeau77 , 9/7/10 6:35 AM


calm down ,why this hatred to fed for whatever he do or speak?
Please enjoy whoever play better tennis, whether it fed or nadal.
RAFANs are geeting too critical about fed here

sabs , 9/7/10 6:43 AM

Federer is a grandad , with marriage and two kids , a beer and a couch should suit him

nirv02 , 9/7/10 7:07 AM

Hatred for Federer????? If you read my comment you would see that I am actually sticking up for him! Your the one talking about him like he is an old man. I am sure he doesnt think he is old or feels old.

You are the one that said "Amazing how well he plays at this age"...

What age at the grandpa age of 29.

From those comment I am assuming you are no older than 21.

Give me a break. Maybe you should give Fed a bit for credit since you are his fan.

isabeau77 , 9/7/10 7:58 AM

Isa: I think sabs probably meant to address that remark to phoenix: or has she got it in for you?

ed251137 , 9/7/10 10:53 AM

Good game Rog...:)

Ur just the BEST !!!!:D

tomnjerry2 , 9/7/10 4:57 AM

Best means the ultimate, meaning No 1, and last time I looked a certain Rafael Nadal was No 1 in the whole wide world.

nadline , 9/7/10 11:08 AM

Hi gyes and dames!

Could not follow the game the last few days due to sudden demise of a near one.

Got back to seeing the replays at least.

Joker played a solid match the other day and has served notice to all.

Roger Federer Mark III is in action now. Watch out the next few days till UEs reappear, will it?

Would love to see Rafa reach the quarters in some style and then challenge one last surface not yet conquired. May have to miss it though for reasons beoynd control.

newfangkc , 9/7/10 11:45 AM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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