NEW YORK, USA – The International champion of the United States, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, made the most of the forced break imposed by the rain of Wednesday, dominating Gilles Muller to win in straight sets.
When he trailed 3-0 in the first set when play was stopped after 15 minutes of play, the second seed has reversed course to beat Luxembourg 7-6 (1), 6 – 1, 6-2.
Müller, 68th Racquet World, had not faced a ranked player in his first three duels. The left-hander reached the quarter-finals in 2008, its best performance in the tournament in New York.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray ended the great run of American Donald Young. The Scot, seeded fourth, easily disposed of Young 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.
Young, aged 22, surprised the 14th and 24th seeded Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Ignacio Chela, to participate in a first round of 16 in Grand Slams. It should point to the 56th place worldwide in the next ATP rankings, a career high.
Murray quickly took control of the battle, taking advantage of 53 unforced errors committed by Young.
For its part, the world No. 1 Novak Djokovic took the abandonment of his fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic to win 7-6 (2), 6-7 (3), 6-0, 3-0. Tipsarevic injured his left hamstring in the fourth set.
Djokovic will participate in a sixth consecutive semifinal in a Grand Slam tournament and now has a record of 62-2 this season.
Despite the abandonment of Tipsarevic, the meeting lasted three hours 27 minutes.
In the semifinals, he will face Roger Federer, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a match that was interrupted during the first round for about an hour and a half due to the Federer then rain will attend the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows for the eighth time in succession.
Tsonga won his last two matches against Federer, most recently in Montreal during the Rogers Cup. In June, Wimbledon, the French surprised the Swiss by filling a two-run deficit to zero. It’s the only time in his career that Federer lost a match in a Grand Slam after winning the first two innings.
Still in trouble for Roddick and Ferrer Even in perfect weather, Andy Roddick and David Ferrer have struggled to play their fourth round match. After being interrupted by rain Wednesday, the water builds up behind the end line of Louis Armstrong Stadium was almost forced the cancellation of their game.
This duel, to be set in motion Tuesday, lasted only 15 minutes on Wednesday. Thursday, the match lasted only 10 minutes before Roddick, seeded 21st, informs the official that water accumulated behind the end line, making the dangerous game.
The match was eventually moved to the short No. 13, creating a mad rush among supporters wishing to find a place in the stands surrounding the field smaller. Roddick has finally shown the exit Ferrer, ranked fifth in four sets 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
“The atmosphere was incredible. The stands were filled, said Roddick, who played for the last time on court No. 13 in 1999 as a junior. I prefer to play on a lot less with bleachers filled in a stadium filled to a quarter. ”
He will now face Nadal in the quarterfinals.
“I’m going to play aggressively now, like I did today (Thursday), noted Roddick. One of the best players of all time, so I will repeat my performance. ”
Ranked 28th, defeated John Isner was hardly the French Gilles Simon, No. 12, four long sleeves 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4).
In the women, the favorite in the competition, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, dismissed Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, seeded 10th, 6-1, 7-6 (5), Australia’s Samantha Stosur, ranked ninth, was a surprise the second seed in the competition, Russian Vera Zvonareva in two rounds 6-3, Serena Williams, seeded 28th, has in turn disposed of the 17th ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-1; Angelique Kerber of Germany and reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time by beating Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
In the semifinals, Williams will face Wozniacki, while Kerber, 92nd in the world, will face Stosur.