US Open Tennis 2014: Day 5 Results, Highlights and Scores Recap from New York

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVAugust 29, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Marcel Granollers of Spain serves against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia during their men's singles second round match on Day Five of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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We're just five days into the 2014 U.S. Open, but telling trends are starting to show across the men's and women's singles draws. 

High-seeded players on the men's side have practically been unbeatable early on, and that continued for the most part on Day 5. Although, not every favorite was fortunate enough to escape with a victory Friday.

As for the ladies, notable names are dropping like flies, and the upsets just kept on coming throughout Friday's third round of action.

Here's a look at all of the scores from Flushing Meadows for Friday, along with a recap of the action.

Day 5 Results: 2014 U.S. Open
Men's Draw: Second Round
MatchupScore
No. 4 David Ferrer def. Bernard TomicWalkover
No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. Martin Klizan6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. Dudi Sela6-1, 6-2, 6-2
No. 20 Gael Monfils def. Alejandro Gonzalez7-5, 6-3, 6-2
No. 18 Kevin Anderson def. Jerzy Janowicz6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Tim Smyczek6-3, 6-2, 6-1
No. 19 Feliciano Lopez def. Tatsuma Ito6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)
No. 12 Richard Gasquet def. Paolo Lorenzi7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3
No. 14 Marin Cilic def. Illya Marchenko7-6(2), 6-2, 6-4
Dominic Thiem def. No. 11 Ernests Gulbis4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
No. 26 Gilles Simon def. Federico Delbonis6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
Adrian Mannarino def. No. 15 Fabio Fognini6-3, 6-4, 6-1
Teymuraz Gabashvili def. Alexander Kudryavtsev6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
David Goffin def. No. 32 Joao Sousa6-4, 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 Roger Federer def. Sam Groth6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Women's Draw: Third Round
MatchupScore
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni def. No. 2 Simona Halep7-6(6), 6-2
No. 9 Jelena Jankovic def. Johanna Larsson6-1, 6-0
No. 13 Sara Errani def. No. 19 Venus Williams6-0, 0-6, 7-6(5)
Shuai Peng def. No. 28 Roberta Vinci6-4, 6-3
No. 14 Lucie Safarova def. No. 22 Alize Cornet6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4
No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki def. No. 18 Andrea Petkovic6-3, 6-2
Belinda Bencic def. No. 6 Angelique Kerber6-1, 7-5
No. 5 Maria Sharapova def. No. 26 Sabine Lisicki6-2, 6-4
USOpen.org

Note: The men's and women's draws are available here, per USOpen.org

 

Notable Results

No. 6 Tomas Berdych Survives Test

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates match point against Martin Klizan of Slovakia after their men's singles second round on Day Five of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29
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Top seeds in the men's draw have been tough to deal with so far at Flushing Meadows, but Tomas Berdych nearly tested that on Friday.

The sixth seed went back and forth with Martin Klizan, and he had his hands full up until the fifth and final set before Berdych pulled away with the final score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The 25-year-old underdog from Slovakia just wouldn't go away despite Berdych coming out hot. Klizan rallied for a resounding second-set victory, and after dropping the third, he wrapped up the fourth set rather quickly. 

Although Berdych was on upset alert late, Friday's late-afternoon match didn't have the makings of a surprise result. Klizan had to battle from behind from the get-go, and whenever he mounted a run, Berdych would be ready to respond with his own.

The favorite's resolve was tested in long points like this one, but he overcame as the tournament's Twitter account shows:

The longevity of Friday night's match wasn't ideal—it pushed back Roger Federer's night match even further. But after surviving a tough test and moving on to the third round, Berdych won't be complaining. 

 

No. 13 Sara Errani Defeats Venus Williams

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Venus Williams struggled out of the gates Friday just as she did in the first round, but she couldn't pull it out against 13th-seeded Sara Errani after yet again digging herself out of a deep hole. 

The 34-year-old was dominated from the start. She lost the first set a whopping 6-0, but that only woke her up, and she responded in the only way she knew—winning the very next set 6-0 to tie things up.

ESPN Stats and Information noted the historical context:

That set the stage for a third set to decide the match, and instead of one player dominating the other again, they went down to the wire. Both Williams and Errani won six games, leading to a tiebreak that Errani was able to pull out, 7-5.

Errani was quite excited after notching the win, per U.S. Open:

Seven years her junior, Errani had never beaten Williams in a match prior to Friday's victory. But she was convincing in her play against Williams, using her mix of quickness and power to outlast a former great playing at an awfully high level.

Errani said, per Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan:

I think she’s playing unbelievable. I really don’t know how I won today. I think Venus was playing very good today. Maybe she could make me feel a bit worse if she put in a lot of first serve. Today, she didn’t put too much.

And also in the second set, I was very aggressive, and it was good for me, so maybe sometimes it is difficult to play against her because her serve is unbelievable.

Errani received some good fortune in her side of the draw as second-seeded Simona Halep was beaten by unseeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who she will face next. But as they say, the upset happened for a reason. 

Should the 19th overall seed win there, she'll be on to the quarterfinals. 

 

No. 2 Simona Halep Falls

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It hasn't been a good U.S. Open so far for seeded women's singles players, but no upset at Flushing Meadows sent bigger shockwaves through the draw than Simona Halep's loss on Friday.

The second overall seed fell in straight sets to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in a match that featured a shocking change of momentum. 

Up 5-2 in the opening set, Halep looked to be in a familiar position and very much in control of the match. She served for the set, but Lucic-Baroni broke her serve and rallied to win the opening set in a tiebreak. Halep double-faulted to lose the tiebreaker.

Lucic-Baroni kept her momentum going into the second set, cruising to an early lead and winning it 6-2 to wrap up the huge upset. 

Emotions were high for the underdog after one of the biggest wins of her career, as Tennis Magazine's Steve Tignor noted from her press conference:

The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg noted that the 32-year-old and former teen tennis prodigy has been through plenty of ups and downs to make Friday's victory especially important:

Lucic-Baroni will have to bounce back quickly after the emotional win. She faces a peaking Sara Errani, who just overcame a furious test from Venus Williams and enters as the No. 13 seed. 

But after beating one of the top seeds in such convincing fashion, it's safe to say she won't be lacking in confidence.