Monfils beats Dimitrov to set up US Open QF against Federer

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Gael Monfils

Second seed Roger Federer cruised into the US Open 2014 quarter-finals after an assured triumph over Roberto Bautista Agust in their first encounter on the tour. It was a dream start for the Swiss Maestro who rushed to 5-1 lead in the opener and while the seventeenth-seeded Spaniard pulled one of the breaks back, the five-time Flushing Meadows conqueror held his nerves to serve out the opener in second attempt. He continued in the same fashion to keep the helpless opponent at bay thanks to another couple of breaks which saw the favorite moving two sets clear.

The 26-year-old Spanish player did not drop his head in the beginning of the third set, yet he wasted a pair of break points which cost him dearly as FedEx converted in the fourth game and went 4-1 ahead after denying Bautista Agut an opportunity to claw back. Roger ended the clash on a high note by producing two match points against the serve and booked his spot in the last 8 after his rival fired a forehand into the net. Roger prevailed 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a meeting with 20th-seeded Gael Monfils who upset seventh seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. Each of them was a tight affair with the Frenchman demonstrating more composure during big points, including saving a double set point in the second. The 28-year-old Monfils rescued six of seven break points he faced, whilst breaking three out of four times en route to a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory. He is trailing 2-7 in the head-to-head matches versus Federer.

The last quarter-final pair at the New York Grand Slam tournament will consist of sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic of Croatia, seed number fourteen. The Czech outclassed the 45th-ranked Austrian prospect Dominic Thiem by holding all service games and breaking five times in three sets to secure a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win in just ninety-eight minutes of tennis. His next opponent had a much harder and longer day at the office when meeting France’s Gilles Simon – Cilic was stretched to five sets by the 26th-seeded adversary, but crossed the finish line of the marathon match first by breaking in the eighth game of the final set and consolidating it to win 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3  He recorded three victories in eight professional matches against Berdych.

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