Last night, Roger Federer took on Robin Soderling of Sweden in a men’s quarterfinal match of the 2010 U.S. Open. Heavy winds didn’t stop Federer from cruising right past Soderling in straight sets (6-4 6-4 7-5) to the semifinals where he’ll face Novak Djokovic.
Before last night’s match, Federer had a 12-1 career record against the fifth seed Soderling. The loss in that stat was at the 2010 French Open where Soderling took Federer out in the quarterfinals.
Like a true champion, Federer embraced the windy conditions. He served 18 aces and only two double faults, while Soderling didn’t crank out his first ace (only one of two) until the fifth game of the third set. When asked to comment on his serve, Federer joked, “I’ve practiced my serve a whole lot my whole career, if I can’t serve in the wind I’ve got a problem!” who hasn’t dropped a set yet. “You can wake me up at two in the morning or four in the morning and I can hit serves.”
When asked about playing Djokovic in the semifinals, Federer added, “He’s been playing great after a hiccup in the first round, he’s a great player. We just played each other in Toronto and I got lucky to get through that one there and he’s obviously looking for the big breakthrough at the U.S. Open so it’s going to be a tough one.”
Saturday’s match will be Roger Federer’s seventh U.S. Open semifinal in a row. Will it be an upset?