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Big Guns Firing at Flushing Meadows
Rain delays cause disruption but the action is heating up
Posted Sep 08, 2011 by Chris White
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The action at this year’s US Open is starting to heat up with the sport’s biggest stars having to up their games to make it through to the quarterfinals with the two number one seeds forced to dig deep to make it through their latest matches.
Novak Djokovic saved four set points and then needed six of his own to win an epic first set and eventually beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (16-14), 6-4, 6-2 and he will now meet his Serbian compatriot Janko Tipsarevic after he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets. It was the 61st win in 63 matches for the current world number one but Dolgopolov certainly didn’t let him have it his own way.
It was a similar story for the women’s number one seed as Caroline Wozniacki came from four games down and seemingly on her way out in the second set to go through in three, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-1 to make it through to the quarter finals.
It was a much simpler affair for Roger Federer but the five-time winner was forced to wait and wait for his match against Juan Monaco to start, eventually getting underway at 11.50pm local time. An hour and a quarter later, however, and the pair were walking off the court with Federer winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.
Rafael Nadal, who collapsed with cramp during a press conference over the weekend, is back in action against Gilles Muller while number four seed Andy Murray plays Donald Young for a place in the last 16.