Federer beats Monfils in a thriller to advance to US Open SFs, Cilic defeats Berdych

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Roger Federer is still in the race for his sixth US Open title after a great escape in the quarter-final match versus Gael Monfils, seed number twenty. The Frenchman was the first to face break points in the opener, but came out of it unscratched and got his nose in front in the fifth game. He served out the opener easily enough and took the momentum to the second set to break in the opening game and confirm it with some difficulties. The 28-year-old Paris native ended the set on a high note by adding another break. FedEx regrouped for the third and broke the deadlock straight away, yet he had to restore the lead in the fifth game before holding to love to reduce the gap. The set four started in the same way as the players exchanged breaks early on, but it turned into a real drama for The Swiss Maestro who erased a double match point on his serve to make it 5-5. Having come back from the brink of defeat, the second seed pounced in the subsequent game and cemented the break to make it all square. Roger then cruised through the decider where he won all but two points behind his serve and claimed a pair of breaks before serving out the match and complete an astonishing comeback for a 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 triumph after three hours and twenty minutes of tennis.

Fourteenth-seeded Marin Cilic seized a surprisingly comfortable victory against Tomas Berdych to enter his second Grand Slam semi-final after Australian Open 2010. He also played in the quarter-final of Wimbledon a couple of months ago. It was a dream start for the Croatian number one as he stole the opponent’s serve three times and was holding a double break prior to serving out the set. The Czech could not regroup in time and dropped a serve as the second set commenced, whilst Cilic simply picked up where he left off earlier – he surrendered only three service points before moving two sets up. The New York audience saw Berdych lifting his game in the set three to construct a 3-0 lead, yet the one break advantage was short lived and the rivals would not be separated before the tie-break – it was a tight contest, but Cilic came out a winner nonetheless to secure a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory. He scored 19 aces to Berdych’s 4 and will be hoping to defeat Federer for the first time in their sixth meeting on the tour.

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