Federer Survives in 5 Sets at US Open

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2008 8:50 PM CDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Igor Andreev of Russia during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Avoiding as big an upset as tennis has seen in a while, Roger Federer came back to beat 23rd-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia in five sets tonight to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open. The fourth-round victory—6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3—moves him into a match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

Federer showed uncharacteristic emotion after the grueling win, shaking his fists violently and yelling. "I was just trying to stay in the match," he told the supportive crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium afterward. One of the highlights of tomorrow's lineup is the quarterfinal showdown between Venus and Serena Williams.