After dropping the first set, Grigor Dimitrov fought back to defeat David Goffin 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round of the men’s singles at the US Open on Sunday. In a battle of of two 23-year-olds, the Belgian powered to the first set before the seventh seed took over. Roger Federer was also a winner on the day after dropping his first set.
The Swiss stormed back after a lightning delay to oust Marcel Granollers 5-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in a third round tie at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sixth seed Tomas Berdych needed just the minimum number of sets to see of Teymuraz Gabashvhili 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 of Russia to progress at Flushing Meadows.
Raven Klaasen is the only South African to survive the first week in New York. Klaasen and men’s doubles partner Eric Butorac were 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 winners against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald. The twelfth seeds will face Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in the quarter-finals.
However in the mixed doubles Klaasen and Anabel Medina Garrigues were second round casualties falling to Katarena Srebotnik and Rohan Bopanna 6-3, 6-4. In the men’s singles, Kevin Anderson’s US Open campaign came to an end in the third after a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Croatia’s 14th seed Marin Cilic. The Croat will now face Frenchman Gilles Simon in the Last 16. Simon had earlier ousted David Ferrer.
The fourth seed became the men’s singles biggest casualty so far in 2014 after crashing out to France’s Simon 6-3, 36-, 6-1, 6-3 on. The Spaniard was seeded fourth in New York and committed a criminal 41 unforced errors and will now be packing his bags.