Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Five-time champion Roger Federer
received a walkover into the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open when his scheduled
Monday opponent, 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish, pulled out of the draw in New York.
The American star Fish cited health concerns for his withdrawal.
The 30-year-old Fish missed three months of action earlier this season due to
fatigue issues that led him to a medical procedure to correct a heart problem.
He needed a cardiac catheter ablation to deal with misfiring electrical pulses
in his heart.
The 31-year-old world No. 1 Federer titled here five straight years from
2004-08 and was the U.S. Open runner-up in 2009. He will meet the Tomas
Berdych-Nicolas Almagro winner on Wednesday.
The amazing Federer captured his seventh Wimbledon title in July.
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