In a virtuoso display of power tennis, Tomas Berdych shocked top-ranked Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday night. Remarkably, for the first time since the 2004 French Open, a Grand Slam event will have neither Federer nor Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
In actuality, Berdych's victory was even more decisive than the score line indicates. He was up a break and serving at 3-2 in the third set, seemingly cruising. But he got tight, serving two double faults in the game to let Federer back into the match.