Federer 'self-destructed' in loss to Robredo at U.S. Open

Tuesday September 3rd, 2013
Five-time U.S. Open champ Roger Federer lost to Tommy Robredo for the first time in 11 meetings.
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NGUYEN: Highlights, stats, Twitter reaction to Federer's loss

Tommy Robredo advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time.
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What now for the 17-time major champion? While there are still several events left this year, Federer's Grand Slam season is now over. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here. Does he continue tinkering with his racket? Does he rest his back and regroup physically? Does he make a coaching change? Does he keep playing, hoping that a confidence upgrade follows? Whatever, unless you're another ATP player, it's no fun seeing Federer in this diminished state. It seldom ends gracefully. Even for the most graceful player the sport has known

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