Monday at the 2014 U.S. Opem was a day of smooth sailing for the No. 1 seeds, a thrilling showdown between two marquee players on the men’s side and a minor upset on the women’s side.
Here is a look at all of the scores from the singles matches on Day 8 of the Grand Slam event.
|No. 1 Novak Djokovic||No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber||6-1, 7-5, 6-4|
|No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka||Tommy Robredo||7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2|
|No. 8 Andy Murray||No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||7-5, 7-5, 6-4|
|No. 10 Kei Nishikori||No. 5 Milos Raonic||4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4|
|No. 1 Serena Williams||Kaia Kanepi||6-3, 6-3|
|No. 16 Victoria Azarenka||Aleksandra Krunic||4-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|No. 17 Ekaterina Makarova||No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard||7-6, 6-4|
|No. 11 Flavia Pennetta||No. 29 Casey Dellacqua||7-5, 6-2|
The marquee news of the day on the men’s side was Novak Djokovic’s victory. While the straight-sets win looked easy on paper, there was a point in the second set when Philipp Kohlschreiber had set point to even the match at a set apiece.
However, Djokovic won the point after an extended rally and reacted accordingly, urging the crowd to get involved. Suddenly, the storyline went from Kohlschreiber hanging around and weathering the storm through an incredible first round from Djokovic to a straightforward victory.
Mr. Djokovic will play Andy Murray next after Murray dispatched Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
It is critical that Murray won in relatively easy fashion because he is going to need all of the energy he can get against the tournament favorite. The last time the two marquee names faced off at Flushing Meadows, Murray won the longest final in U.S. Open history (four hours and 54 minutes).
Incredibly enough, Djokovic had just won an Australian Open semifinal earlier that year against Murray in a match that lasted four hours and 50 minutes.
Murray discussed those previous matches, via Darren Walton of The Sydney Morning Herald: “We play a fairly similar style and I think that's why a lot of the matches have been long games, long rallies, long points because we do a lot of the same things well.”
The matchup will mark Murray’s 14th straight Grand Slam quarterfinals, while Djokovic has been in 22 straight.
The U.S. Open had highlights from Murray’s victory Monday:
Elsewhere, No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka outlasted Tommy Robredo in a four-set match that featured a tense moment and exchange across the net between the two players. After an emotional discussion during play, both players quickly shook hands after the match and exited briskly afterward.
No. 5 Milos Raonic grabbed an early lead on No. 10 Kei Nishikori in the nightcap that included a number of thrilling sets. There was a tiebreaker in both the second and third sets, and the crowd members who remained into the wee hours of the morning were certainly excited. Nishikori finally finished off Raonic in a 5-set thriller that latest until 2:26 AM ET.
The U.S. Open had a couple of late-night highlights on the match:
Just like Djokovic on the men’s side, the victory by the No. 1 ranked player in the women’s bracket was the biggest storyline Monday.
It was business as usual for Serena Williams, who cruised past Kaia Kanepi in straight sets. Only Williams and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki remain among the top 10 seeds in the field after Monday’s action.
While she was dominant as always, Williams did drop just her second service game of the tournament Monday. In fact, she had only lost 11 games total through her first three matches coming into the showdown with Kanepi.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner and two-time defending U.S. Open champ is on a roll, and it’s difficult to envision her losing in the near future with so many of the top players eliminated.
The U.S. Open had some highlights from the match:
Next up is a date with No. 11 Flavia Pennetta, who handled No. 29 Casey Dellacqua in straight sets. Pennetta made the semifinals in Flushing Meadows last year and is familiar with what it takes to win with that type of pressure. Still, Williams simply looks locked in right now.
There was another upset on the women’s side Monday though, as No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard needed medical attention and never looked comfortable in a loss to No. 17 Ekaterina Makarova. It ended Bouchard’s magical run at the majors this season after reaching the semifinals in Australia and France and the finals at Wimbledon.
The U.S. Open captured some highlights:
Elsewhere, No. 16 Victoria Azarenka battled back after losing the first set to knock out Aleksandra Krunic. Krunic is a 21-year-old Serbian qualifier who was a crowd favorite early in the tournament, but she didn’t have enough in the tank Monday.
The U.S. Open had some highlights from this match as well:
Monday’s thrilling action certainly set the tone for another critical day of tennis Tuesday at Flushing Meadows.
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