Gael Monfils was definitely pumped about his 2014 US Open quarterfinals matchup with Roger Federer. The Frenchman told reporters that he looked forward to one day being able to tell his kids that he played against the 17-time major champion. And Monfils nearly got the chance to tell his unborn children that he beat Federer.
The 20th seed won the first two sets against Federer, who carries the tournament’s second seed. However, the Swiss star showed plenty of poise in coming back to grab a 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory.
Monfils had won every set in the 2014 US Open leading up to the quarterfinals match. And this continued until his third set against Federer, with the latter winning this one and jumping out to an early lead in the fourth set. But Monfils made this a contest by winning a couple of games with plenty of hustle, athleticism and a 137-mph serve. The two played back and forth from here, with Federer finally prevailing. The fifth set was pretty anti-climatic as he easily won the tail-end of the match.
Federer will now face No. 14 Marin Cilic in the semifinals. Cilic upended No. 6 Tomas Berdych in a hard-fought victory that will see him in his first semfinal appearance since the 2010 Australian Open.
Djokovic beats Murray to make 8th Straight Semifinal
In a matchup of former US Open champions, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a good show for the crowd. The two caught would-be winners, had prolonged volleys and made plenty of highlight-reel plays in their match. Ultimately, it was Djokovic prevailing in this one after winning 7-6 (1), 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 to reach his 8th consecutive US Open semifinal.
This could be Djokovic’s toughest route to the semfinals in the last eight years, given that he and Murray played for 3 hours and 32 minutes. “I knew coming into tonight’s match that it’s going to be tough, that he’s going to go for his shots, and the more aggressive one would win it,” the No. 1 seed said. “I’m glad I managed to stay fit in the end and pull it through.”
Djokovic will now move on to face No. 10 Kei Nishikori. The Japanese player beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (5), 6-4. Nishikori becomes the first player from Japan to reach the US Open semifinals since 1918.
2014 US Open Semifinals Betting (Found at GTBets.eu)
Novak Djokovic (-950)
Kei Nishikori (650)
Marin Cilic (260)
Roger Federer (-360)