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Federer into the quarters…Williams sisters exit doubles

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NEW YORK (AP) — Men’s second seed Roger Federer has reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years.

The five-time champion was broken only once in a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut. Federer needed less than two hours to improve to 25-1 in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Frenchman Gael Monfils and Croatia’s Marin Cilic have advanced to the men’s quarterfinals. Monfils beat seventh seed Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 to earn the right to face Federer. Cilic knocked out Gilles Simon of France, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych needed just 98 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem and reach the quarterfinals against Cilic.

China’s Peng Shuai has reached the women’s semifinals by downing Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1. This is the first time in 37 tries that Peng has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam event. Only five women have participated in more major tournaments before getting to a final four.

Peng next faces 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, who followed up her victory over Maria Sharapova with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of No. 13 Sara Errani.

The Williams sisters were dispatched in the women’s quarterfinals by Russia’s Ekaterina Makaova and Elena Vesnina 7-6, 6-4. During the match, Serena Williams had to call for a medical timeout for an issue with her right foot. She later indicated she just needed her ankle re-taped.

Serena is the top-seed and two-time defending champ and is still alive in the women’s singles.

The top-ranked Bryan brothers are still on course for their 100th doubles title and 16th Grand Slam championship. They reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero.

 

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