US Open: Wozniacki rallies; Federer, Williams cruise to quarters

September 6th, 2011 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger Federer New York, Sep 6 (IANS) Third seed Roger Federer made quick work of dismantling his fourth-round opponent, 36th-ranked Juan Monaco of Argentina, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in a late match at the US Open.

Federer took 18 minutes to win the first set and then lost only 12 points in the third set to breeze into the quarterfinals late Tuesday night.

Women’s top seed Caraline Wozniacki moved on but stumbled against Svetlana Kuznetsova, losing the first set and trailing 0-3 in the second, Xinhua reported.

Wozniacki rallied to down No.15 seed Kuznetsova of Russia, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 to make it to the quarterfinals.

Three-time champion and former World No. 1 Serena Williams secured a berth in the quarterfinals much easier as the 28th-seeded American handed 16th-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic a 6-3, 6-4 deffeat.

Federer will next play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of their Wimbledon tie which Tsonga won after dropping the first two sets.

The Swiss had 42 winners and only 21 unforced errors in a match that took one hour, 22 minutes.

Wozniacki was behind 4-1 in the second set as the match went deep into the night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I thought about the match we played two years ago. I was down 1-4 in the second set as well,” Wozniacki said.

“I just stepped into the lines a little bit and went for my shots a bit more and made a few.”

Two years ago, the Dane bounced back for a three-set win in the round-of-16, capturing the final two sets in tiebreakers.

Wozniacki, the runner-up in 2009, won four straight games during the second set and capitalized numerous errors from her opponent.

Kuznetsova missed an overhead slam during the four-game run, and when her forehand went long, Wozniacki forced the decisive third set.

She was dominant in that final set and fortunate as well to win the match, thanks mostly to 78 unforced errors from Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion and runner-up in 2007.

Wozniacki set up a quarterfinal match against 10th-seeded German Andrea Petkovic, who ousted Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1, 6-4.

Williams, who showed formidable form at Flushing Meadow by winning fourth round matches all in straight sets, jumped to a a quick 3-0 lead in the first set before the former No. 1 Ivanovic fought back to pull even at 3-all.

The Serb then had a break-point chance to grab a 4-3 edge in the stanza, but the American stalwart saved it on her way to win the last three games of the set.

The 29-year-old Williams cruised through in the second amid windy conditions to reach her ninth career US Open quarterfinal. Ivanovic’s 29th unforced errors put an end to the 75-minute play.

Ivanovic is now 0-4 in fourth-round Grand Slam matches since capturing the 2008 French Open title.

Top seed Novak Djokovic saved four set points in a marathon first-set tiebreaker to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2 in a day session match.

The world No.1 won the tiebreaker 16-14 on his sixth set point, which functioned well on confidence pumping and disheartening.

Dolgopolov wilted soon after the first set defeat and lost the match.

“My serve broke down little more than hers did,” Ivanovic said. “I still created lots of opportunities and I felt I was stepping up a lot, and I just felt that was the biggest difference today.”

Williams is now riding a 16-match overall winning streak, all on hardcourts, including titles in Stanford and Toronto. She’s 20-2 this season since returning to action in June following an 11-month injury.

Williams, who owns 13 career Grand Slam titles, including three here at Flushing Meadows, will face 20-year-old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the round of eight.

The 17th-seeded Russian upset the seventh-seeded Schiavone, a former French Open champion, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Pavlyuchenkova prevailed after she hit a big forehand winner on her third match point after two hour and 41 minute contest, featuring 16 service breaks and 21 double faults.

“I tried not to let her play her game, because she’s very smart and she makes me run a lot,” Pavlyuchenkova said after toppling Schiavone.

The 31-year-old Schiavone outlasted Pavlyuchenkova in a French Open quarterfinal back in June, but not again as the Russian now is to appear in her first US Open quarterfinal.

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