2014 U.S. Open Day Nine
Results Tuesday September 2
U.S. Open Men’s Singles Fourth Round Tuesday Sept 2
2-Roger Federer beat 17-Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 6-3 6-2
20-Gael Monfils beat 7-Grigor Dimitrov vs. 7-5 7-6(6) 7-5
14-Marin Cilic beat 26-Gilles Simon 5-7 7-6(3) 6-4 3-6 6-3
6-Tomas Berdych vs. Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-2 6-4
U.S. Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinal Tuesday Sept 2
Shuai Peng Beat Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1
10-Caroline Wozniacki beat 13-Sara Errani 6-0 6-1
Federer Returns to Quarterfinals; Monfils Denies Dimitrov; Berdych, Cilic Advance
September 2, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - Roger Federer booked a spot in the U.S. Open quarter-finals Tuesday night after dismissing No. 17 seed Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 6-2. Federer, whose win places him in the quarterfinals for the tenth time in 11 years in New York, is bidding to win his record sixth title as well as his first final in five years.
Playing the 2014 Mercedes Cup champion Spaniard for the first time, Federer played an attacking game approaching the net 52 times winning the 67% of his net approaches. Federer, who hit 36 winners and 8 aces, raced to a 5-1 first set lead, but Bautista-Agut closed the gap reeling three straight games before the 33-year old 17-time Grand Slam champion won 13 of the next 18 games to clinch the contest after one hour and 56 minutes.
Federer will now meet Frenchman Gael Monfils who reached his second Grand Slam quarter-final of the year as he upset Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 7-5 in two hours and 20 minutes under sweltering conditions on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Dimitrov, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, had a chance to take the second set when he had two set points leading 6-4 in the tiebreaker but the Frenchman stayed tough winning four consecutive points to lead 2 sets to love. Monfils, who hit 14 aces and hit 29 winners, has not lost a set in four rounds.
In other fourth round matches, Croatia’s No.14 seed Marin Cilic won for the first time in five meetings against France’s No. 26 seed Gilles Simon in a five set marathon match 5-7 7-6(3) 6-4 3-6 6-3 that lasted over four hours. Cilic will face No.6 seed Tomas Berdych who halted the run of young Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-2 6-4.
Wozniacki Beats Errani; Faces Peng in Semis
September 2, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - China's Peng Shuai reached her first Grand Slam semifinal after crushing Swiss Belinda Bencic with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory in just 63 minutes at the U.S. Open Championships Tuesday.
The 28-year-old world Peng, who won the doubles title in 2013Wimbledon and 2014 French Open with
Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-Wei, controlled the match from the get-go breaking her 17-year old opponent twice to win the opening set. Peng had stormed to a 5-0 lead when Bencic won her first of the second set before the World No.39 ranked served out the match.
Bencic, who ousted No.6 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany and No.9 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia en-route to the quarterfinals, had a chance to turn the match around when she had two break points in the third game of the match. Peng, however, saved both then subsequently broke for the first time to lead 3-1 then never let up pressuring her Swiss opponent with consistency and all-around performance.
Peng will face No. 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki who defeated No. 13th Sara Errani 6-0 6-1, for a place in the U.S. Open final on Thursday. The former World No.1 hit 26 winners and served four aces to clinch the match in 64 minutes.
The former World No.1 Dane, who sat atop the rankings in 2010without having won a Grand Slam title, over-powered Errani during long baseline exchanges mixing power and deft touches that kept the Italian No.1 off-balance the entire match.