US Open Glance: Federer, Wawrinka, Serena in quarterfinals
NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY
Roger Federer’s potential path to the U.S. Open final no longer includes nemesis Novak Djokovic — or anyone else who ever has beaten him on a hard court, for that matter. Federer is 26-0 on that surface against the players left on his half of the bracket. The next step for the five-time champion at Flushing Meadows is a quarterfinal against unseeded Grigor Dimitrov. The other men’s quarterfinal on Day 9 of the Grand Slam tournament is No. 5 Daniil Medvedev against No. 23 Stan Wawrinka, who advanced when defending champion and No. 1 seed Djokovic retired from their fourth-round match because of a painful left shoulder. Federer is 6-0 against Dimitrov on hard courts and, should he move on, would bring unbeaten records on the surface into a semifinal against either Wawrinka (17-0) or Medvedev (3-0). The 38-year-old Federer is trying to become the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors was 39 during his 1991 run at the U.S. Open; No. 78 Dimitrov is trying to become the lowest-ranked semifinalist in New York since Connors was No. 174 that year. Wawrinka, who won the 2016 U.S. Open, faces maybe the most in-form player on tour at the moment in Medvedev, who leads the ATP with 48 wins and is 9-0 in quarterfinals this year. Serena Williams tries to get back to the semifinals when she plays first-time quarterfinalist Wang Qiang, while No. 5 Elina Svitolina meets No. 16 Johanna Konta.
Sunny. High of 81 degrees (27 C).
Showers. High of 75 degrees (24 C).
MONDAY’S KEY RESULTS
Men’s fourth round: No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat No. 22 Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; No. 20 Diego Schwartzman beat No. 6 Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3; No. 13 Gael Monfils beat Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-2, 6-2; No. 24 Matteo Berrettini beat Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Women’s fourth round: No. 13 Belinda Bencic beat No. 1 Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-4; No. 15 Bianca Andreescu beat Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; No. 23 Donna Vekic beat No. 26 Julia Goerges 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3; No. 25 Elise Mertens beat Kristie Ahn 6-1, 6-1.
STAT OF THE DAY
42 — Years since the last time a man from Italy reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open; Matteo Berrettini is the first to do so since Corrado Barazzutti in 1977.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I honestly didn’t move well today. You know what I mean? I felt like I was always flat-footed.” — Defending champion and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka, who was hampered by her left knee in her loss to Belinda Bencic.