It almost seemed like an imposter was playing at the Open under the name of Roger Federer last night.
Fedrer lost in the quarter-finals to Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6,6-4,3-6,6-3, making his earliest exit at the Open since 2003.
Federer curiously won the opening toss and chose to receive. Things got worse from there.
Berdych hit winners from every angle on the court, seemingly leaving Federer defenseless. Berdych also had 14 aces.
Federer and the No. 6 seed had split their last 6 matches.
Federer had 40 unforced errors to only 21 by Berdych. Many of the unforced errors were forced by Berdych.
The crowd, very vocal earlier in the day when Andy Roddick played and lost his last competitive match seemed to sit on its hands during most of the match in stunned silence.
Berdych, never a winner in a Grand Slam will play Andy Murray on Saturday in the semis.