September 5, 2012
Five-time champion Federer departs Flushing Meadows before the semifinals for the first time since 2003, stunned by the sixth-seeded Berdych 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Wednesday night.
Federer's forehand was way off, while the 6-foot-5 Berdych kept pounding serves and groundstrokes right where he wanted them. It was Berdych's fourth victory in his last seven meetings against Federer, including in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Federer hadn't competed since Saturday. The man he was supposed to play in the fourth round Monday, Mardy Fish, withdrew because of a health scare.