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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.

Sep 3, 2014

Tennis-Federer marches on, youth movement stalls at US Open

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (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.

Sep 3, 2014

Federer shines again under Arthur Ashe floodlights

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second seed Roger Federer powered to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista on Tuesday, charging into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open for the 10th time in 11 years.

The 26-year-old Spaniard was handed the unenviable task of trying to upset the 17-time grand slam winner on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, where the Swiss maestro has a dazzling 25-1 record under the Flushing Meadows floodlights.

Sep 3, 2014

Tennis-Federer shines again under Arthur Ashe floodlights

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Second seed Roger Federer powered to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista on Tuesday, charging into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open for the 10th time in 11 years.

The 26-year-old Spaniard was handed the unenviable task of trying to upset the 17-time grand slam winner on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, where the Swiss maestro has a dazzling 25-1 record under the Flushing Meadows floodlights.

Sep 2, 2014

Monfils uses workmanlike effort to tame Dimitrov

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Enigmatic Frenchman Gael Monfils extended his untroubled U.S. Open run by taming seventh-seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6 (6) 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Monfils, seeded 20th, stayed away from the flashy highlight reel shots he is known for and in favour of a more workmanlike approach to stop the player dubbed “Baby Fed” for his all-around game that resembles Swiss maestro Roger Federer.