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2014 U.S.Open Day Five

U.S. Open Men's Singles Second Round Friday Aug 29

2-Roger Federer vs. Samuel Groth 6-4 6-4 6-4

4-David Ferrer beat Bernard Tomic w.0.(hip injury)

6-Tomas Berdych beat Martin Klizan 6-3 4-6 6-2 3-6 6-3

7-Grigor Dimitrov beat Dudi Sela 6-1 6-2 6-2

12-Richard Gasquet beat Paolo Lorenzi 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3

18-Kevin Anderson beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(6) 6-2 6-1 6-3

Dominic Thiem beat 11-Ernests Gulbis 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-3

Adrian Mannarino beat 15-Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4 6-1

14-Marin Cilic beat Illya Marchenko 7-6(2) 6-2 6-4

David Goffin beat 32-Joao Sousa 6-4 6-2 6-0

26-Gilles Simon beat Federico Del Bonis 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-1

20-Gael Monfils beat Alejandro Gonzalez 7-5 6-3 6-2

Marcel Granollers beat 25-Ivo Karlovic  7-6(6) 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 3-6 6-4

19-Feliciano Lopez beat Tatsuma Ito 6-3 4-6 6-4 7-6(4)

Teymuraz Gabashvili beat Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-1 6-4 7-6(4)

17Roberto Bautista-Agut beat Tim Smyczek 6-3 6-2 6-1

U.S. Open Women's Singles Third Round Friday Aug 29

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat 2-Simona Halep 7-6(2) 6-2

5-Maria Sharapova beat 26-Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-4

Belinda Bencic beat 6-Angelique Kerber 6-1 7-5

9-Jelena Jankovic  beat Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-0

10-Caroline Wozniacki beat 18-Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-2  

13-Sara Errani beat 19-Venus Williams 6-0 0-6 7-6(5)

14-Lucie Safarova beat 22-Alize Cornet 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4

Shuai Peng beat 28-Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-3

Federer Tops Groth; Ferrer, Berdych, Dimtrov Reach Third Round

August 29, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA – - Swiss icon Roger Federer came through Friday evening under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium with a steady 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over big-serving Sam Groth of Australia to reach the third round of  the U.S. Open Championships in Flushing Meadow.


The five-time U.S.Open winner, who is bidding to win a record 18th Grand Slam tournament, played a solid match hitting 36 winners committing 21 unforced errors as compared with Groth who had 37 and 30 respectively.


Surprisingly, the 33-year old Federer hit more aces with 9, one more than his 26-year old Narrandera-born opponent who owns the record for the fastest ever serve in competition measured at 263km/hr. Federer will next face Spain’s Marcel Granollers, a five-set marathon winner over No.25 seed 6’11 tall Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6(6) 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 3-6 6-4 in a match played out for almost four hours.


In an awesome display of power-hitting, No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych toiled for five grueling sets to overcome 2014 BMW Open champion Martin Klizan. The Czech star came out on top, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in three hours and 45 minutes of entertaining all-around rallies. Berdych, who reached the semifinals here in 2012, will play Teymuraz Gabashvili, winner over Russian compatriot Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-1 6-4 7-6(4).


Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov entered the US Open third round after a dominating performance 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dudi Sela in one hour and a half 89 minutes on Loius Armstrong Stadium on Friday.


The rising young Bulgarian, who has not won a match in New York in three previous appearances, was too strong for his Israeli opponent, blasting 28 winners including six aces. He will next face another fast-rising star David Goffin of Belgium who posted a 25 straight winning streak this season. Goffin, who won his first ATP Tour title in Kitzbuhel Open three weeks ago, ousted No. 32 seed Joao Sousa in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-0.


Fourth seed David Ferrer advanced without tossing up a serve when his second round opponent, young Aussie Bernard Tomic, had to withdraw before their match due to a hip injury and a bout of flu. In round three, Ferrer is slated to meet No. 26 seed Gilles Simon who defeated Federico Delbonis 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.


Fast-rising young talent Dominic Thiem of Austria upset his pal and hitting partner No.11 seed and 2014 French Open semifinalist Ernests Gulbis with a come-from-behind five-set win Friday afternoon. Playing in his first major tournament, the 20 year old Lichtenworth-resident was down two sets to love but managed to turn the match around winning 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 6-2. Thiem and Gulbis are both coached by Gunther Bresnik.


Thiem will now face Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez who played a smart game in ousting talented Tatsumi Ito of Japan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4). Also advancing on Day 5 is Frenchman No.20 seed Gael Monfils, winner over Alejandro Gonzales 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.


The victory sets up an interesting All-French third round clash with Davis Cup teammate No.12 seed Richard Gasquet. Gasquet, who last year reached the semifinals here, defeated Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 19 minutes.  


Two-time New York quarter-finalist and No.14 seed Marin Cilic came out on top with a 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-4 victory over qualifier Illya Marchenko. The Croatian will meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who denied 23-year old 2012 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz  6-7(8), 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Halep Stunned by Lucic-Baroni; Errani Denies Venus; Sharapova, Wozniacki in 16s

August 29, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA – World No.2 Simona Halep and resurgent Venus Williams were eliminated in the third round of Day 5 of the U.S. Open Championships on Friday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


Halep, who this year reached the Wimbledon finals, French Open semifinals, and Australian Open quarterfinals, went down in shock defeat to No.121-ranked Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-6(2) 6-2. The 32-year old Croatian qualifier, a 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist, has now pulled three straight impressive wins this week taking out rising WTA star Garbine Muguruza in the first round, 2007 Australian and US Open quarter-finalist Shahar Peer in the second round, and now Halep.


As a fifteen year old in the WTA Tour in the late 1990s, Lucic-Baroni set several "youngest-ever" records winning the women's doubles title at the Australian Open in 1998 when she partnered with Swiss Miss Martina Hingis. She won the first ever professional tournament she entered the 1997 Croatian Bol Ladies Open, and defended it the following year at age 16, making her the youngest player in history to successfully defend a title before fading from the tour. The German-born Lucic-Baroni, who came back into the WTA Tour 2010, played Wimbledon last June where she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the first round in straight sets after having set points in second set.


Lucic-Baroni will now face Italy’s Sara Errani who rallied from a break down in the final set to force a tiebreaker where the thirteenth-seed edged out Venus Williams 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round.


It was a heart-breaking loss for Williams who had a chance to close out the match serving 5-3 in the final set. Williams came back from being down a break twice in the third but couldn’t hold on. Williams committed 52 unforced errors compared with Errani’s 25 in the two-hour match.


In the last match of Day Five, reigning French Open champion and No.5 seed Maria Sharapova  defeated 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2 6-4. The five-time Grand Slam champion fell behind 1-3 in the second set but regrouped in time to win five of the next six games to clinch the match after one hour and 41 minutes. 


The 27-year old Russian is to play former World No.1 and tenth-seed Caroline Wozniacki, who dominated No.18 seed German Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-2, for a place in the quarter-finals.

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