NEW YORK (AP) — Federer pulled off a shutout in a tiebreaker Monday, doing so in a 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory against big-serving No. 13 John Isner. According to the ATP, Isner had never been beaten 7-0 in 428 previous official, tour-level tiebreakers.
With Isner gone, and 68th-ranked American Donald Young eliminated 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Wawrinka earlier Monday, it's the 16th Grand Slam tournament in a row with zero men from the U.S. in the quarterfinals.
Isner had his chances against Federer, six times standing two points from evening the match at a set apiece. But Federer was masterful down the stretch in that tiebreaker, winning one point by returning a 140 mph serve before smacking a forehand passing winner, then using a forehand return winner off a 128 mph serve to earn a set point he converted with a backhand down the line.
Federer broke in the last game, ending Isner's streak of 110 service holds in a row at the U.S. Open, dating to the start of last year's tournament.
Federer's quarterfinal opponent will be No. 12 Richard Gasquet, who got past No. 6 Tomas Berdych 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.
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