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Federer Faces Monfils, Berdych Takes On Cilic In US Open Qfs

New York, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer takes a 7-2 lead into his clash with Gael Monfils.

Quarter-final action in the bottom half of the singles draw on Thursday features No. 2 seed and five-time US  Open champion Roger Federer against No. 20 seed Gael Monfils and No. 6 Tomas Berdych against No. 14 Marin Cilic. Monfils and Cilic are trying to advance to their first US Open semi-final.

In the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, World No. 1 in doubles, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are in semi-final action against countrymen Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram. The Bryans have won both previous meetings in the first round at the Australian Open in 2011 and in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2012. 

The Bryans, who have captured a record 15 Grand Slam crowns, including four US Opens (2005, ’08, ’10, ’12), are two match wins away from their 100th career doubles title together. They are also looking to extend their Grand Slam title streak to a record 10 consecutive years. Lipsky and Ram are appearing in their first career Grand Slam semi-final.

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In the first singles match, Berdych brings a 5-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage (3-1 on hard courts) against Cilic, who won the last meeting in straight sets in the third round at Wimbledon in June. Berdych, who reached the semi-finals here two years ago, is appearing in his 11th major quarter-final (4-6 record), his third of the season. He was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open and quarter-finalist at Roland Garros. His best major is a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010 (l. to Nadal). 

Cilic is making his third US Open quarter-final appearance (2009, ’12) and his fifth overall major quarter-final (1-3 record). His best result was the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2010 (l. to Murray). Cilic is attempting to become the first Croat to  reach the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows since coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996 (l. to Sampras). The 25-year-old Croat has a 5-13 career record vs. Top 10 opponents in majors. In 2009, he beat No. 2 Murray in the fourth round at the US Open.

In the night match, Federer holds a 7-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Monfils. who is in his second US Open quarter-final appearance (2010). The 33-year-old Swiss won all three previous Grand Slam meetings, all at Roland Garros. Federer is the oldest US Open quarter-finalist at Flushing Meadows since Andre Agassi (35) reached the final in 2005. Federer, who is appearing in his 10th US Open quarter-final (8-1), has a 25-1 record at night on Ashe Stadium. This is also Federer’s record 43rd overall quarter-final in a major. 

This is the fourth time in the past five years (except ’12) a Frenchman is in the last eight. Last year countryman Richard Gasquet advanced to the semi-finals. Monfils is appearing in his sixth career major quarter-final (1-4). His lone Grand Slam semi-final came at Roland Garros in 2008 (l. to Federer).  Monfils has reached two major quarter-finals (Roland Garros) in the same season for the first time in his career. He is 7-10 lifetime in majors against Top 10 opponents (five wins at Roland Garros, two in Flushing Meadows).

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