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Wimbledon 2009

22 June-5 July

US Open

Fourth-round result:


6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 3-6 6-3


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By Chris Bevan

0127: Well, it was quite some match and thanks for sticking with me until the end. Fed is through but surely he has got to do better than that if he is going to keep his title? This tournament is wide open though, I certainly can't name a winner now.


Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 3-6 Federer
Fed has done it! After a thrilling match full of drama, the end is a bit of an anti-climax to be honest - an attempted lob by Igor sailing well long. Fed won't mind one bit though - he is through to the last eight where he will meet qualifier Gilles Muller from Luxembourg.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 3-5 Federer
Igor is still fighting and his serve has been magnificent throughout this match. He even manages a backhand winner as he holds - I make that his second tonight. He needs to break Fed to stay alive now though.

Over on Louis Armstrong Court, second seed Jelena Jankovic has just taken the first set 6-1 of her women's semi-final against Sybille Bammer.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 2-5 Federer
So, can Igor threaten the Fed serve at this crucial stage of the match? Yes, of course he can. At 30-all, Fed plays one of the worst volleys of his life and sees it land long - he needs Igor to slip on the break-point to keep him alive. The Russian is not finished yet, either - at deuce he fires an amazing forehand right on to the baseline and Fed has to produce a stunning half-volley to save face again. Scare over? Well, no. Fed fails to make the game safe and Igor's mighty forehand gives him a third break-point. Phew. An ace rescues Fed but a sloppy forehand sails long and we have break-point number four that Igor wastes with a wayward lob. The crowd are going mad - Fed cannot believe what is going on. Igor grimaces. Fed eventually holds and needs one more game for victory. Did you get all that...?

"Anyone else predicting two Brits winning their finals?"
Barney via text on 81111

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 2-4 Federer
It is Igor who is struggling to hold now and he finds himself at 30-all again with work to do. Fed, despite his improvement, is still making mistakes with his groundstrokes - will we ever call them 'rock-solid' again? Still, Igor is falling apart fast and he has to save yet another break-point before holding, eventually.

"Congrats to Jamie and Liezel. You're right though Chris, this match has been defined by Fed's erratic groundstrokes and Andreev's forehand. But we're getting to a conclusion it seems."
Jleadermaynard via text on 81111

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 1-4 Federer
Federer is focused on the finish line now. More good serving and he holds again with ease.

Ah, I've just heard that Andy Murray is not guaranteed to be the new world number four when the rankings come out. If Andy Roddick or Fernando Gonzalez win the US Open title, they will move above the Scot.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 1-3 Federer
Igor throws his racquet again, this time while he tries in vain to reach a Fed passing shot. The Russian is rocking now and another return catches him off balance and leaves him at 15-30. He has to save another break-point before holding too - that really would have been the end.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 0-3 Federer
Blimey, a few minutes ago Fed looked on the brink of defeat - now he is practically showboating. A confident service game gives him breathing space in this final set...don't go anywhere yet though - anything could still happen.

"This is where Igor has to dig deep after putting so much effort in over the last three hours."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 0-2 Federer
I'm not exactly sure how but Federer has broken! A double-fault puts Fed 15-30 up and the Russian puts a forehand wide to give Fed two break-points. Andreev saves both of them thanks to a lucky net-cord and another one of those big forehands then wastes two chances to hold. Fed manufactures a third break-point and wins it with a cheeky lob - he celebrates, Igor smashes his racquet. That could be the beginning of the end for the Russian...

WE HAVE GOT A BRITON INTO THE FINAL OF A GRAND SLAM! Okay, okay, it is 'only' the mixed doubles - but Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber have just beaten Eric Butorac and Jill Craybas 6-3 6-4 in their semi-final. Can I be the first to say 'yay'.

"Come on Fed - I need to go to bed! Oooh that rhymes..."
Anon via text on 81111

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 0-1 Federer
Igor skips out of his chair at the start of the fifth set and is probably tempted to do a few press-ups to show he is still fighting fit. Fed, I'm afraid to say, looks a bit jaded. He still holds though.

"There's no doubting Federer's ability these days, his consistency just seems to have disappeared. He was so good against Stepanek, what's up?"
Jleadermaynard via text on 81111


Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 6-3 Federer
Right then folks - a fifth set it is. That huge Igor forehand sets him up from the start here and he celebrates as he moves to 40-0. Fed still has some fight in him, however, and saves all three set points. Panic over for the defending champion? Well, no actually. Another massive serve brings up a fourth set-point for Andreev and Fed hits a backhand long to make it two sets-all. As they say, this one is up for grabs now.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 5-3 Federer
Fed seems to have composed himself now and he holds to love. Again, I suspect Igor is just waiting for his own serve though, and who can blame him.

"Now the work starts for Federer - he is in a dog-fight here."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 5-2 Federer
If anything, the Igor serve has got bigger. He has got added spring in his heels and more spin in his forehand too. Some huge groundstrokes from the Russian means Fed does not get a look in and Igor is a game away from levelling at two sets-all.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 4-2 Federer
No wobbles on the Fed serve this time but you cannot help thinking the damage has been done. He is still shaking his head too.

Good news for Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber, who have taken the first set of their mixed doubles semi-final against Eric Butorac and Jill Craybas 6-3.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 4-1 Federer
Fed is showing his frustration now and screaming at himself - most unlike him. Over on the other side of the net, Igor is not exactly the most charismatic player, although he does manage a grimace every now and again. More importantly, the Russian is still serving like a man possessed and he holds again. Looks like a fifth set is on the cards...

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 3-1 Federer
What's this? A double-fault by Federer, his fourth, and a stunning return by Igor put him 0-30 down before he sends a seemingly routine overhead an inch the wrong side of the line. That means three break points for Igor and he converts his second, thanks to a sliced backhand drop-shot that hits the top of the net and drops dead on the other side. Fed curses, Igor celebrates - and he is a break up in the fourth.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 2-1 Federer
Andreev does show how far you can get in tennis with a big serve and an iron forehand - gives hope to us all really, or at least it would if I had either. As long as he gets first serves in, Igor looks a threat and nothing changes here.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 1-1 Federer
Fed does not seem to be in at the net so much any more but that can only be because his groundstrokes are up and running again. An ace down the middle of the court levels things up.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 1-0 Federer
Federer is on the attack again at the start of the fourth set but we should remember that Igor won 100% of his first serve points in the first two sets. A couple of wayward shots by Fed takes Andreev to 40-15 and although he double-faults, Fed puts a backhand into the net and Igor is off the mark here.

"it is going to be very hard for Igor to keep believing that he has a chance here. Federer will want to wrap this up quickly."
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra


Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 Federer
No mistake from Fed. A brilliant backhand serve-volley down the line takes him to 40-0 and he repeats the trick with a shot across court to wrap up the third set.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 3-5 Federer
Blimey, a point against serve - we hadn't seen one of those for a while - from Federer but it makes little differernce. Igor's got this serving lark down to a tee and he holds easily enough. Fed to serve for the third set though.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 2-5 Federer
We are going with serve at the moment folks. Federer's turn to hold to love and he is now a game away from taking the third set. Whoever wins this plays qualifier Gilles Muller in the quarter-finals by the way.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 2-4 Federer
Another ace by Igor, his seventh, helps him hold with ease to love. It is him that needs a break now though.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 1-4 Federer
No mistake by Federer here either, in at the net to put away any loose shots by Igor and he holds in double-quick time. Looks like he has this third set in the bag - what can Andreev do about it though?

"This is much more like the Roger Federer we have seen for the past four years."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 1-3 Federer
Right then. A chance for Federer at 15-30 on the Igor serve at last after some meaty forehands are too much for Igor. The defending champion puts his next shot in the net but comes out on top after an exchange of volleys at 30-all and he has a break-point at last. Fed goes for it too, and a huge forehands puts him 3-1 up.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 1-2 Federer
Fed is still relying on his big first serve to dig him out of trouble, which he is in again at 15-30. He does, of course, have other shots up his sleeve and holds after a lovely dinked drop-shot brings a long lob out of Igor.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 1-1 Federer
The answer to whether Fed can do some damage to the Igor serve is a fairly resounding 'no'. Andreev does hit a second double fault of the match though...

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 0-1 Federer
Much better by Fed - he is picking his spot like he was in the first set and that is an easy hold for him for once. Now, can he do any better against the Igor serve? He has only had one break point in the entire match so far...

"I think Federer has been relying too much on his talent than hitting the gym in the last 18 months. Him not getting any stronger has taken its toll on his results recently."
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra


Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) Federer
A superb backhand winner and two thumping aces put Federer 3-0 up and all of a sudden he is like his old self. Igor battles on though and, even at 3-6, he does not give up. Fed sees his first two set-points come and go, mainly thanks to some dreadful volleying, but he still comes into the net on the next and is grateful to see Igor's passing shot fly wide. We are level at one-set all.

"A lot of people thought Andreev would give Fed trouble as he plays with heavy topspin which Fed hates and he was top ten standard before his injuries."
Anon via text on 81111

2334: Gilles Muller has just beaten Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 4-6 6-3 7-6 (12-10) after a bit of an epic battle over on Louis Armstrong. That's good news for Andy Murray too - it means he will rise to number four in the new world rankings when they come out on Monday.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-6 Federer
The thing about Federer is he still shows the odd glimpse of his past genius, just when you've given up on him completely. A bit like Jimmy White has done in snooker for the past decade or so really. One winner by the Swiss is devine, with Igor completely out-thought and wrong-footed. We are into a tie-break.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-5 Federer
Fed has not got near the Igor serve since he broke back at the end of the first set and this game is no different - big serves and big forehands, you know the rest by now. The upshot is that Fed needs to hold to take us to another tie-break.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 5-5 Federer
The crowd on the Arthur Ashe Court are trying to rouse Federer and it is fair to say he needs all the help he can get. Two massive Igor forehands put him in trouble at 15-30 but Fed replies with a rare backhand winner that scorches down the line - too many of them have hit the net today. He produces more glorious tennis to wrap up the game too and that is probably his best moment of the match, not that there has been much competition.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 5-4 Federer
Fed has his chances but he is still not having any luck in finding a way past the Andreev serve. He holds when a Federer forehand bounces off the top of the net and flies wide - and the defending champion will serve to save the second set.

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Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 4-4 Federer
There has not been an awful lot of variety in this match - both players are sticking with what works for them. With Igor, it is the boomer of a serve and wicked forehand. For Fed, it is a well-placed serve which he follows into the net. It works for him again here and we are all-square in the second set.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 4-3 Federer
Not a lot has changed with the Andreev serve - it is still huge and Fed still cannot get near it. The Russian holds to love, sealing the game with an ace, his third of the match.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 3-3 Federer
Hmmmm. Fed can serve and Fed can volley but he cannot do a lot else right now. Those groundstrokes he normally hits so effortlessly are now sailing long, wide or into the net - two of them do just that here. Fed holds but he still needs to up his game.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 3-2 Federer
While Federer is struggling to hold his serve, Andreev is practically unstoppable on his at the moment. I thought Rog worked him out in the first set, but I was wrong.

"I have never seen Federer hit so many mishits on regulation forehands before. He is looking really weary at the moment."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 2-2 Federer
A double-fault by Federer sees him go 0-30 down and although he responds with a classic serve-volley he blazes his next forehand a mile long and faces two more break-points...he saves them - one thanks to a mistake by Igor and the other courtesy of an ace - and more serve-volley tactics dig him out of yet another hole. He can't keep doing this though, can he?

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 2-1 Federer
Federer is actually having most success when he gets into the net but he is not getting many opportunities to do so on the Igor serve. Those groundstrokes are still very wild as well.

"The Federer of old never lost tie-breaks to big servers."
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This is not the Federer of old.

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 1-1 Federer
Some ridiculously bad shots by Federer - and I never thought I'd write that sentence - leave him in big trouble again. He puts one easy smash long and another half-court backhand well wide. Only his serve is functioning at the moment and it helps him save five break points when he probably doesn't deserve to. Federer holds, but Igor can scent blood.

"Some of Federer's shots are almost inexplicable. It's just not happening for him at the moment."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 Federer
Fed looks a bit stunned by all this - after all, he does usually beat players like Andreev with one hand tied behind his back - or at least he used to. Igor has got belief to go with his booming serve now too and he holds with ease.


Andreev 7-6 (7-5) Federer
Fed is on the wrong end of a mini-break in the first point and that seems to lift Igor, who leads 4-2 thanks to some inspired forehands until he double-faults at 4-2 up and sees Fed claw ahead at 5-4. Usually, that would be that - but not today. Fed puts one back-to-front forehand in the net, then sees a backhand fly wide to give Igor a set-point. Another wide shot on a crosscourt forehand sees the Russian take the first set - work to do for Fed here then.

"After Federer recovered the break of serve he had plenty of chances - it was a real surprise he lost that first set and he made some mistakes on some pretty regular shots."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 6-6 Federer
That Igor forehand is a real bag of tricks - he has got power and he loves to whip it back over the net too. Not surprisingly, Federer is now aiming at his backhand every time and the Russian sees one hit the bottom of the net to leave us at 30-30. Andreev puts the next point away with a smash off the frame of his racquet before he hits the first backhand winner of this match - and possibly his life - passing Fed at the net to take us to a tie-break.

Andreev 5-6 Federer
All of a sudden Igor is struggling to get the ball on his strings, while Fed looks like a different player - he is one shot ahead of everything the Russian can throw at him at the moment...I think Andreev is still thinking about being 5-4 ahead and 30-0 up - he needs to get over that and sharpish.

"Igor had started so promisingly, he was cruising. It looked like one break would be enough to give him the first set but it has been a torrid five minutes for him."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

By the way, qualifier Gilles Muller has just taken the third set 6-3 against Nikolay Davydenko to lead two sets to one.

Andreev 5-5 Federer
Two big serves help Igor go 30-0 up before he decides to go all Andy Murray on us and play a pointless drop shot. It lands halfway up the net. On the next point he puts a backhand volley in roughly the same place and we are at 30-all. A mishit backhand and a wild forehand follow in quick succession and Federer has broken back. I guess that is why he is the four-time champion?

Andreev 5-4 Federer
Well, Fed holds but I don't think Andreev is that bothered - he played that game as if he knew that, if he wins his next service game, he will go a set up against the defending champion. Let's see if he manages it.

Andreev 5-3 Federer
No stopping the Russian at the moment. A forehand winner by Andreev and two big serves mean Fed is on the brink in this first set.

"Chris, I heard a wee rumour that your backhand was as smooth as Gasquet's and as deadly as Murray's! Any truth to this?"
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None whatsoever. Sadly. Greg Rusedski and I share the same backhand - a hopeful slice, every time.

Andreev 4-3 Federer
Fed hits two aces but has to save another break point after he makes a pig's ear of a backhand volley and hits two easy forehands out. He holds, but he is making life difficult for himself at the moment.

"I don't think Federer will be unduly concerned at the moment because he has enough shots to give the Russian problems - but the difficulty for him in this set will be breaking down the Andreev serve."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 4-2 Federer
Andreev has started to run around his backhand on pretty much every occasion and, having seen his backhand, I cannot say I blame him. It works too - Fed sends a forehand and a backhand into the net and he is yet to get near the Russian's serve.

Andreev 3-2 Federer
The Fed serve is up and running now too and I think he has found Andreev's weakness, namely his backhand - which is about as useful as mine.

Andreev 3-1 Federer
I knew Andreev had a forehand to be reckoned with but he has a demon serve too and Fed barely sees five of his deliveries in this game. Once Fed gets a rally going it is a different story though, and I think he is beginning tp work his opponent out - they have only met once before you see. Still, Andreev holds to lead 3-1.

"It is certainly an interesting start by Andreev - he is not showing any nerves at all."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Andreev 2-1 Federer
A strange old decision by the umpire allows Igor to challenge a shot despite continuing the rally. He wins the challenge too. Fed's not happy, understandably, but at least it wakes him up. He is up and running after wrong-footing the Russian with a lovely forehand winner.

"Here we go again, another embarassing start from Federer, he is going to get stuffed here."
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Andreev 2-0 Federer
More textbook stuff from Igor sees him go 30-0 up with two clean winners - he can do no wrong it seems. Fed unleashes a couple of almost effortless forehands to level but Andreev is still attacking and two big serves see him hold.

Andreev 1-0 Federer
Blimey, a bad start for Fed who puts two backhands in the net before putting a forehand long to trail 15-40. Andreev then runs round a looping shot by the Fed to plant a forehand winner down - and on to - the line and he has only gone and broken the champion at the first attempt. The crowd on Arthur Ashe look a bit stunned to be honest.

2150: And we're off. Federer to serve first.

2148: Andreev has got a forehand to be reckoned with by the way but he had never been beyond the second round here before this year.

The winner of this match faces either fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko or qualifier Gilles Muller, from Luxembourg, in the last eight. Davydenko has just taken the second set and is level at 4-6 6-4.

2145: Fed, by the way, is yet to drop a set in his defence of his US Open title this year. He is up against Russia's Igor Andreev tonight - who is better known for his exploits on clay.

2139: Evening all. Well, Novak Djokovic has just booked his place in the last eight at Flushing Meadows - can Roger Federer join him?

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