Federer exits in 4th round
From the start, Roger Federer looked very little like, well, the Roger Federer who routinely reached the final weekend at Grand Slam tournaments.
In the opening game of his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open, the owner of 17 major titles got passed at the net twice, sailed a backhand long and missed two forehands to get broken. In the second game, the man who has spent more weeks ranked No. 1 in the world than anyone else dumped a backhand into the net, then shanked two other backhands several feet wide.
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No longer the dominant presence he once was, Federer lost in the round of 16 in New York for the first time in a decade, surprisingly beaten 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-4 by 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain on Monday.
“I kind of self-destructed, which is very disappointing,” said Federer, who made 43 unforced errors and managed to convert a mere 2 of 16 break points. “It was a frustrating performance.”
This is the first season since 2002 that Federer, 32, did not reach at least one final at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments. That year also marked the last time Federer was ranked lower than he is now at No. 7.
“The story of my life: When I lose, people are shellshocked to see me play this way,” Federer said.
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain posted a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory over 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
In the women’s bracket, No. 10 Roberta Vinci and unseeded Flavia Pennetta set up an all-Italian quarterfinal with victories.
Tommy Morrison dies at 44
Tommy Morrison’s career reached its pinnacle on a hot June 1993 night in Las Vegas, when he stepped into the ring and beat George Foreman to become heavyweight champion.
Morrison tested positive for HIV three years later.
The last 20 years of Morrison’s life would be defined by extensive legal troubles, erratic behavior and mounting health problems. Morrison would later claim he never tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, even as he was hospitalized during the last days of his life.
Morrison died Sunday night at a hospital in Omaha, Neb. He was 44.
His longtime promoter and friend, Tony Holden, confirmed “the Duke” had died, but his family would not disclose the cause of death.
Morrison and his wife, Trisha, continued to deny the former champion ever had HIV during the final years of his life.
Morrison had a 48-3-1 record; he won his first 28 pro fights.
Morrison turned briefly to acting in 1990, when he played Tommy Gunn in the film “Rocky V.”
De Souza excels for Dream
The Los Angeles Sparks bring out the best in Erika de Souza.
De Souza scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed six rebounds as the host Atlanta Dream beat the Sparks 92-82 to snap a four-game losing streak.
“I love to play against good teams,” de Souza said. “They bring out my best. L.A. is a really good team, so every time I play against them, I’m excited.”
De Souza had 15 points and 18 rebounds in the earlier meeting between the teams.
Candace Parker collected 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Sparks, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games.
• Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford signed a six-year contract extension reportedly worth $36 million. The deal runs through the 2019-20 NHL season.
Crawford, 28, played a key role in Chicago’s march to the Stanley Cup title. He was 16-7, with a 1.84 goals-against average, while starting every playoff game this year.
“I want to be in Chicago for my whole career,” Crawford said.
• Arsenal of England signed Real Madrid of Spain playmaker Mesut Ozil for a club-record sum on the final day of European soccer’s trade period. The transfer fee was $65.9 million, the BBC reported.
Manchester United added midfielder Marouane Fellaini from another English team, Everton, for $42.7 million.
• American cyclist Christopher Horner of the RadioShack-Leopard team won the 10th stage of the Spanish Vuelta to take the overall lead for a second time. He also won the third stage.
Horner, 41, covered 116 miles from Torredelcampo to Alto Hazallanas in 4 hours, 30 minutes, 22 seconds. He leads Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy by 43 seconds.
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