No. 2 seed Roger Federer saved two match points in coming from two sets down to defeat an inspired Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday night at the US Open.
“[The crowd] was unbelievable, incredible,” Federer said. “I think it was awesome for both guys — Gael put up an incredible fight and played such good tennis…When I was down two match points, that’s when I wasn’t feeling so great anymore…I served well and stayed in the match and somehow turned it around.”
After his 8th career 0-2 comeback, Federer now leads Monfils 8-2. He also has won his last 10 matches going back to his Cincinnati title. And he’s now 28-1 in night matches at the US Open.
In his 9th US Open semifinal, Federer will face Marin Cilic, who earlier on Thursday rolled past Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal in almost five years.
“I’ve had tough times the past couple of years,” Cilic said. “I’m really happy that things are working out with my team. It’s paying off, especially in the past few months. I’m just enjoying my time on the court.”
Cilic last reached a Grand Slam semifinal at the 2010 Australian Open when he lost to Andy Murray.
“We were both hitting big and I think it came down to who was going to put pressure on the other guy,” Cilic said of Berdych. “I think I did that a little bit better today; I was returning a little bit better. Overall, I felt I used the wind a little bit better to my advantage.”
The 28-year-old Berdych dropped to 4-7 in Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Federer is 5-0 career against Cilic, most recently winning in three sets at the Masters event in Canada this summer.
In other results on Thursday the top-seeded Bryan brothers reached the men’s doubles final against the No. 11-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, and unseeded Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta reached the women’s doubles final against No. 4-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.
Up on Friday in Flushing Meadows are the women’s semifinals with (10) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Shuai Peng, and (1) Serena Williams vs. (17) Ekaterina Makarova.
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