Flushing Meadows, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Roger Federer kept his pursuit for an18th grand slam campaign alive, coming back from two sets behind to defeat French contender Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2 in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Federer struggled early on, dropping the first two sets to a confident and quick Monfils.
The Frenchman had yet to lose a set in the 2014 U.S. Open until Federer won the third as he play improved.
Monfils tried to bounce back from an almost perfect third set by Federer who reduced his errors.
Monfils even earned two match points with Federer serving at 4-5, 15-40.
Federer stormed back to keep the game alive with several winners and eventually won the fourth set.
Federer then cruised in the fifth set to survive a thriller and advance in to the semi-finals.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner will face Marin Cilicm who defeated Tomas Berdych by capitalizing on errors in three sets 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
In the women’s doubles, seasoned veteran Martina Hingis and Italian Flavia Pennetta entered the final round after winning two straight sets 6-2, 6-4 against Cara Black and Sania Mirza.
Hingis and Pennetta will be facing Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the finals.