Roger Federer beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in a straight sets men’s fourth round victory to book his passage to the quarter-finals of the US Open on Tuesday. In the first set, Federer dominated almost entirely as he broke Agut to lead 5-1 but Agut fought back and the match was back on at 5-4 but Federer managed to clinch it 6-4. In the second Federer started well as he managed to break Agut early to take a 3-1 lead which would be sufficient to see the Swiss go and take the set 6-3.
In the third set Federer was looking to wrap up proceedings but the former world number surged ahead and would break twice en route to a straight sets win in New York. Tomas Berdych is also through to the quarter-finals after he defeated Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows. The Czech saved all seven break points he faced in this match up as well as striking ten aces in the 98 minute encounter to dispatch his young Austrian opponent. Berdych will now face Marin Cilic in an attempt to reach the semi-finals at the US Open for the second time since 2012.
Earlier, Gael Monfils defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 in 2 hours and 45 mins to advance to his first Big Apple quarter-final since 2010. The two men were unable to be separated until the eleventh game in the first set when Monfils broke the youngest player in the top ten and consolidated his break to take the set. The world number 20 broke the young Bulgarian early in the second set but Dimitrov was able to break back and get the match back on serve and eventually went to a tiebreak which went in the favour of Monfils.
In the third set the the Frenchman was able to break his opponent in the 12th game when Dimitrov double faulted to hand Monfils victory. The Frenchman will face Federer next. South Africa’s interest in the 2014 US Open came to an end on Tuesday when Raven Klaasen and his American doubles partner Eric Butorac lost in the men’s quarter-finals to Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 7-6 (4). In the singles Kevin Anderson was eliminated in the third round at the weekend and on the women’s side of things Chani Scheepers had been knocked out in the first round of singles and doubles. Klaasen and mixed doubles partner Anabel Medina Garrigues suffered a first round defeat to boot.