Sep 6 () : Roger Federer inched closer to a historic 18th Grand Slam title as he fought back from 2 sets down to win his quarterfinal match against 20th seed Gael Monfilis in 5 sets.
This was the ninth time in his career that Federer had come back to win a match after being 2 sets down. He brushed off 2 match points in the 10th game of the third set, down 15-40. That game changed it all as Federer then went on to win the set and the two after. He finally closed the match with an ace in his final game to close the match 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 setting up a semi-final match with 14th seed Marin Cilic.
If things go well, the tennis world might be able to witness another epic final , a repeat of the Wimbledon final this year, when Djokovic defeated Federer to lift the crown. With Federer looking the best he has looked in the last 3 years, it looks like there might be history made on Sunday.
Another legend who is also looking for her 18th Grand Slam title, Serena Williams, fixed up her date with her friend Wozniacki in Saturday’s final by defeating 17th seed Russian, Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-3 .
On a day when temperatures soared, Serena ensured she did not have to endure the heat for too long by dismissing her opponent in 60 minutes. After a disappointing year in Grand Slams, where she did not go beyond the third round in the first three Slams of the year, the US open has been a revelation of sorts for the world no 1.
The two-time defending champion will look to join legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert at fourth position in the all time winners’ list headed by Steffi Graf.
Her friend, Caroline Wozniacki won her semi final match in a different manner. She led the match 7-6(1), 4-3 against China’s Peng Shuai before the stifling heat took a toll on her opponent.
Peng broke down due to heat illness and retired from the match giving the former world no.1 , Wozniacki an opportunity to fulfil her dream of winning a Grand Slam. She is one of the few in the world who had the privilege of holding on to the no 1 position even without winning a Grand Slam, a tag which she would want to erase in this year’s final.