Federer advances into US Open QFs after Fish retires due to health reasons

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No.1 seed Roger Federer made it to the 2012 US Open quarterfinals without having to hit a single ball today. He was meant to square off against 25th seeded Mardy Fish, but the American withdrew from the match due to health reasons.

“I regret that I have to withdraw from the US Open for precautionary measures,” said Fish after the news broke. The American missed a couple of months earlier this year due to a heart problem. However, in his statement today, he didn’t mentione the exact cause of his withdrawal from today’s encounter against the Swiss.

“I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery. We all want to see him back on tour soon,” said the Swiss maestro.

Federer, for whom this will be the 38th consecutive quarterfinal grand slam appearance, will take on Czech Berdych in the last 8 of the tournament.

The Swiss leads the head to head against the Czech with 10-4, having beaten Berdych at this year’s Madrid Masters in three sets 3-6  7-5  7-5.

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