Injured Roger Federer Ousted By Grigor Dimitrov In A Gruelling Five-Set Match


Roger Federer Injured:

 Roger Federer started his summer with heartache, losing to epic Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.

He ends it late Tuesday night in perhaps even more excruciating fashion, done in by a balky back and scintillating play by Grigor Dimitrov. 

Dimitrov, 28, beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion for the first time in eight tries, scoring a 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium that was undeniably the biggest of his career.

The Bulgarian, once no. Ranked 78th, is nicknamed "Baby Fed" because of its one-handed backhand and deft touch. And now, Baby Fed wants to play in his first US Open semifinal. 

100 per cent of himself," said Dimitrov of Federer. The result was even more remarkable given Dimitrov's travails this year,

He missed almost two months with an injured shoulder and when he returned to the tour, he was a shell of himself and had lost seven of his eight previous matches.

One of the 40th-ranked player in the world. Now, five victories later, he is in his first open semifinal, the conqueror of the greatest tennis champion of all time.

Seemingly in control after taking the third set, Dimitrov raises his level in the fourth, going up a break, and very fast going to a second break,

before Federer, digging in, denied seven breakpoints and finally held for 3-4 when his angled backhand full produced a long Dimitrov forehand.

Federer battled gamely to win the match in four sets and had three break points to go up 0-40, one point from squaring the match at 5-5.


Dimitrov fought off all three breakpoints, and then two more, possibly in the biggest game of his life, and securing the set, 6-4.

Immediately after, Federer called for the trainer and left the court for a medical timeout, the match delayed by nearly 10 minutes.

When he came back, he was ill-equipped, betrayed by his usually impeccable forehand.

Federer said the treatment was loosened up his upper back and neck, but he downplayed the extent of his injury. A five-time champion who, at 38, had never been quite so vulnerable. He had 61 errors.

While he would not pinpoint exactly when he started to feel poorly, he pointed to early. When you're down, you feel worse," he said. "Start of the fourth was not ideal." The start of the fifth was not ideal.

Dimitrov advances to play Russian Daniil Medvedev, who stoned Stan Wawrinka earlier Tuesday and will be playing in his first Grand Slam semifinal.

He's a tough opponent, he's been having a tremendous summer," Dimitrov said of Medvedev.

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