Let’s put the loss in the appropriate historical perspective:
This marks the first year since 2002 that Federer will not reach a Grand Slam Final. It’s the first time he’s failed to reach the quarterfinals of back-to-back Grand Slams since the 2003 Australian Open and French Open.
Roger Federer At Grand Slams
Last 8 Years
This is the first time Federer has lost in straight sets in a grand slam before the quarterfinals since the 2004 French Open, when he lost in straight sets in the third round to Gustavo Kuerten.
It’s the first time since 2003 that he failed to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
Since his last US Open win in 2008, Federer has been eliminated earlier in the tournament every year. He was knocked out in the 2009 Finals, lost in the semis in 2010 and 2011, then lost in the quarterfinals last year.
Federer had previously been unbeaten against Robredo, but lost to him for the first time in 11 matches. Robredo won a Round of 16 match at the U.S. Open for the first time in eight tries.