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Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki reaches U.S. Open final as injured Peng retires

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the U.S. Open final in dramatic fashion on Friday when China’s Peng Shuai was forced to retire due to heat illness, putting the Dane one win away from winning an elusive grand slam title.

Wozniacki was leading 7-6(1) 4-3 and closing in on victory when Peng suddenly grabbed her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of Arthur Ashe Stadium court with what appeared to be severe cramping.

Sep 5, 2014

Federer pulls off great escape to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer pulled off a great escape by fighting off two match points to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils and reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday, keeping his bid for an 18th grand slam on track.

The stirring 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 comeback win marks the ninth time in his career Federer has rallied from two sets down to snatch victory, setting up a final-four meeting with 14th seed Marin Cilic.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Federer pulls off great escape to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Roger Federer pulled off a great escape by fighting off two match points to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils and reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday, keeping his bid for an 18th grand slam on track.

The stirring 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 comeback win marks the ninth time in his career Federer has rallied from two sets down to snatch victory, setting up a final-four meeting with 14th seed Marin Cilic.

Sep 5, 2014

Resurgent Cilic powers into U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.

For Cilic, who missed last year’s U.S. Open while serving a doping ban that cost him four months on the tour, the win ended an arduous wait to return to the last four of a grand slam for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Resurgent Cilic powers into U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.

For Cilic, who missed last year’s U.S. Open while serving a doping ban that cost him four months on the tour, the win ended an arduous wait to return to the last four of a grand slam for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.

Sep 4, 2014

Djokovic, Nishikori take long road to semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, while world number one Novak Djokovic and marathon man Kei Nishikori were forced to take the long road into the last four.

Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a bruising four-hour 19-minute battle with Canadian Milos Raonic, Nishikori had enough left in the tank to get past third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 in a four-hour 15-minute test of wills to become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic, Nishikori take long road to semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, while world number one Novak Djokovic and marathon man Kei Nishikori were forced to take the long road into the last four.

Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a bruising four-hour 19-minute battle with Canadian Milos Raonic, Nishikori had enough left in the tank to get past third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 in a four-hour 15-minute test of wills to become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.

Sep 4, 2014

Marathon man Nishikori upsets Wawrinka to reach semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Marathon man Kei Nishikori wore down Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals on Wednesday, becoming the first Japanese man in 81 years to make the last four of a grand slam.

Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a four-hour 19-minute battle with Canadian Milos Raonic, the 24-year-old had enough in reserve to fell the Australian Open champion in four hours and 15 minutes.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Marathon man Nishikori upsets Wawrinka to reach semis

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Marathon man Kei Nishikori wore down Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals on Wednesday, becoming the first Japanese man in 81 years to make the last four of a grand slam.

Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a four-hour 19-minute battle with Canadian Milos Raonic, the 24-year-old had enough in reserve to fell the Australian Open champion in four hours and 15 minutes.

Sep 3, 2014

Federer marches on, youth movement stalls at US Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer rolled into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open for the 10th time in 11 years on Tuesday, while experience finally got the better of youth at the year’s final grand slam.

Five-times champion Federer powered his way past Spain’s Roberto Bautista 6-4 6-3 6-2, the 33-year-old raising his record on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to a dazzling 25-1.