The master and the novice
Roger federer charges towards a sixth-straight US Open title, while newcomer Melanie Oudin slays another Russian seed.sports Updated: Sep 09, 2009 01:10 IST
|America’s Melanie Oudin celebrates after defeating Russia’s Nadia Petrova during their fourth-round match at the US Open in New York. Matthew Stockman: AFP|
“I am happy where my game’s at right now. Next match is going to be tough, so I’m excited,” said the 15-time Grand Slam champion.
Aiming for a record sixth straight trophy at Flushing Meadows on Monday, the Swiss World number one will play Robin Soderling, who advanced 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 when eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko retired with a groin injury.
Federer beat Soderling in June to win his first title at Roland Garros and repeated the victory in the Wimbledon fourth round for an 11-0 record against the Swede.
“When I think of him, obviously I think of the French Open final, which was a great one for me, a great tournament,” said Federer. “He’s been able to stay strong, and here he is in the quarters. It’s a tough challenge.”
Federer was immaculate as he won his 38th straight at Flushing Meadows, where he last lost in 2003.
Spain’s 10th seeded Fernando Verdasco advanced over US player John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 making it the first time in US Open history that no US man had reached the last eight.
He will play fourth seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.A US star was born on the women’s side with America’s newest tennis darling, Melanie Oudin, stretching her fairytale
|A dejected Nadia Petrova after losing her match against Melanie Oudin at the US Open on Monday. Amy Sancetta | AP|
The 17-year-old from Georgia had her family on hand in the Ashe Stadium during a 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 win over Nadia Petrova. Oudin calmly took down the number 13 after losing the opening set and going down a break in the second.
For the third time in as many matches, she rose to the occasion after losing the first set.
“I kept my belief even when I was down,” said Oudin, the youngest US woman to reach an Open quarterfinal since Serena Williams a decade ago. “She was all over me, but I kept fighting. I got the break-back in the second set and took it from there. I’m so happy I won.
“She played a lot like my past two opponents, so I had the same kind of gameplan.”
Oudin accounted for fourth seed Elena Dementieva in the second round, stunned 2006 champion Maria Sharapova in the third before completing her Russian hattrick with Petrova.
She avoided a fourth Russian after Dane Caroline Wozniacki beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).