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Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Federer comes back from two sets down to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Roger Federer battled back from two sets down and double match point to defeat 20th seed Gael Monfils 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Federer, aiming to add to his grand slam men’s record total of 17 singles crowns, survived a pair of match points when down 15-40 on serve in the 10th game of the fourth set.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Serena coach says she is only human

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Even the best players have their ups and downs, and crises of confidence, says tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who believes Serena Williams has now regained her way in pursuit of a third U.S. Open title in a row.

Williams who failed to reach the quarter-finals in the first three majors of 2014, has reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open, closing in on an 18th grand slam singles crown that would tie her with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Hingis after more grand slam hardware at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Martina Hingis is already enshrined in the Tennis Hall of Fame, but the 33-year-old Swiss is zeroing in on more grand slam hardware at the U.S. Open.

Hingis, winner of five grand slam singles titles, nine doubles crowns and one mixed doubles title, and partner Flavia Pennetta of Italy booked a berth in the women’s doubles final on Saturday against Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

Sep 4, 2014

Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Djokovic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For two sets, Andy Murray went toe-to-toe with world number one Novak Djokovic and battled him to a standstill at the U.S. Open.

In the end, the Scotsman’s body betrayed him and he was eliminated 7-6 (1) 6-7 (1) 6-2 6-4 in a three hour 32 minute quarter-final that gave him some optimism going forward.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Djokovic

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – For two sets, Andy Murray went toe-to-toe with world number one Novak Djokovic and battled him to a standstill at the U.S. Open.

In the end, the Scotsman’s body betrayed him and he was eliminated 7-6 (1) 6-7 (1) 6-2 6-4 in a three hour 32 minute quarter-final that gave him some optimism going forward.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Serena crushes Pennetta to reach Open semi-final

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Two-times defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The world number one lost her first two service games to Pennetta to fall behind 3-0 before snapping to attention and rattling off the next six games to claim the first set.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Serena sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.

On a sultry evening, Williams sleepwalked through the start of her quarter-final with Flavia Pennetta as the 12th seeded Italian broke twice on the way to a shock 3-0 lead.

Sep 4, 2014

Serena crushes Pennetta to reach U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two-times defending champion Serena Williams got off to a sluggish start before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The top seed will meet Russian 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who reached her first grand slam semi-final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over 16thseed Victoria Azarenka, runner-up to Williams in the last two Opens.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Serena crushes Pennetta to reach U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Two-times defending champion Serena Williams got off to a sluggish start before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The top seed will meet Russian 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who reached her first grand slam semi-final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over 16thseed Victoria Azarenka, runner-up to Williams in the last two Opens.

Sep 4, 2014

Nishikori, Makarova advance to U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova each reached their first grand slam semi-final after posting upset wins at the sun-drenched U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Tenth-seeded Nishikori registered his second consecutive big upset by edging third-seed Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 to become the first Japanese man in 81 years to reach a grand slam semi-final.