Upsets have been abound during the 2014 U.S. Open thus far, but Day 7 marked a potentially huge one for one resurgent player. Caroline Wozniacki surged through her third-round match against No. 5 Maria Sharapova to take a three-set win.
Along with Wozniacki's pivotal victory, Gilles Simon also upset a top-ranked player of his own. Facing off with No. 4 David Ferrer, Simon went four sets with the Spaniard to make his way to the fourth round.
Another potential upset was also taking shape as play was suspended between Marcel Granollers and No. 2 Roger Federer. Granollers was leading 5-2 in the first set as the two players left the court due to inclement weather.
But after a slight intermission, Federer returned and routed Granollers the rest of the way. Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times took a look at the interesting scene as Federer returned to the court:
While the world awaits two talented young players in Belinda Bencic and Grigor Dimitrov, the early results have more than set the stage. Here's a look at the early scores, highlights and results from Day 7 of the U.S. Open.
|No. 26 Gilles Simon def. No. 4 David Ferrer||6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|No. 14 Marin Cilic def. No. 18 Kevin Anderson||6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|No. 2 Roger Federer def. Marcel Granollers||4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1|
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. Teymuraz Gabashvili||6-3, 6-2, 6-4|
|Dominic Thiem def. No. 19 Feliciano Lopez||6-4, 6-2, 6-3|
|No. 13 Sara Errani def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni||6-3, 2-6, 6-0|
|No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki def. No. 5 Maria Sharapova||6-4, 2-6, 6-2|
Wozniacki Triumphs Over Sharapova
A former world No. 1 player, Wozniacki has been far from that in recent years. But with her recent play on the court, it's clear she's rounding back into form.
Sunday marked one of the most crucial victories of her still-young career over Sharapova. Heading into the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows, Rothenberg noted just how significant the win was for Wozniacki:
Has Caroline Wozniacki had a better win in her career? Genuinely asking. Anyone? #usopen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 31, 2014
Though her serve wasn't overpowering, finishing with just three aces overall, Wozniacki played a much cleaner game than Sharapova. The 24-year-old notched just two double faults to eight by her Russian opponent.
Wozniacki spoke about the massive win following the match, per the U.S. Open's official Twitter feed:
Though Wozniacki has never won a Grand Slam during her career, she reached the final at the U.S. Open in 2009. That was the lone final for her, and that came before she turned 20.
In order to make another final, she has an easier draw on her side of the bracket. With Serena Williams on the other side of the draw, Wozniacki needs to get past Sara Errani and one other match in the semifinals to potentially meet Williams in the final.
Simon Knocks Off Ferrer
Coming into Sunday, no top-10 seed had been ousted in the 2014 U.S. Open on the men's side. Simon made sure that statistic changed as he faced off with Ferrer in a tightly contested match.
The 29-year-old had defeated Ferrer just one time before Sunday, but that victory came on a hard court back in 2011. With the win, he advances to the fourth round of the U.S. Open for just the second time in his career, with the only other occurrence coming in 2011.
The U.S. Open account passes along the highlights of the match:
Which player will advance further?
Ultimately, it was Simon who remained cool under the humid conditions and dominated Ferrer on the big stage. The French player finished with nine aces in the match and outmatched his seeded opponent throughout the four sets.
Simon referenced his outstanding play after advancing, via ESPN.com: "He destroyed me every time, so I felt I had nothing to lose. I just wanted to go out and enjoy myself on the court."
The path ahead for Simon will not be easy with several top players remaining in the tournament. But with the convincing victory over Ferrer, he is one win away from his latest run in the U.S. Open during his career.
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