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Summary

  1. Roger Federer beats Gael Monfils in five sets
  2. Monfils takes 1st set 6-4 & 2nd set 6-3
  3. Federer takes next three 6-4 7-5 6-2
  4. Marin Cilic through to the semi-finals after beating Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
  5. Click audio speaker or 'Live Coverage' for BBC Radio 5 live commentary
  6. *Denotes next to serve

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap, ladies and gentlemen. There is nothing to see here other than waffle. There will be more live text commentary later in the day of the women's semi-finals.

China's Peng Shuai and 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki will begin their fight for the final from around 18:45 BST, and at about 20:45 BST Serena Williams will continue her title defence, this time by taking on Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

Lendl coaching return with Berdych?

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

Ivan Lendl
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"After his defeat to Marin Cilic in the US Open quarter-finals, Tomas Berdych raised the possibility that he might soon start working with Andy Murray's former coach Ivan Lendl.

"Lendl and Murray went their separate ways in March, as Lendl didn't want to spend as many weeks on tour as Murray required.

"But he did say at the start of the US Open that he could return to coaching in future, and linking up with Berdych would give him the chance to work with a fellow Czech."

Berdych said he had his "fingers crossed" over a Lendl link-up in his post-match interview - read the full report

here.

That's the semi-final line ups sorted. Roger Federer (and Stefan Edberg) will take on Marin Cilic (and Goran Ivanisevic) while Novak Djokovic (and Boris Becker) must pit their wits against Kei Nishikori (and Michael Chang). Should be interesting. Very interesting.

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Golfer Justin Rose: Roger Federer you are a role model man! Heart of a champion!! That was fun to watch how things can change in sport.

Gael Monfils
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A match of what ifs for Monfils, who was two sets up and had two match points. Three hours and 20 minutes of bamboozling and enthralling tennis. In the end it was perhaps the 10 double faults which proved costly.

"I started to serve huge in the fifth, it was my best set serving," adds Federer. "You've just got to give it all you have each point. I hope, and think, you guys enjoyed it.

Roger Federer and Marin Cilic
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Federer on his semi-final opponent Marin Cilic: "Marin's played some great tennis in New York over the years and he's improved under (coach) Goran (Ivanisevic). I'm looking forward to playing Marin, he's a great guy, we had a tough match in Tornonto. We know what to expect but I'm looking forward to the match."

"Unbelievable. Incredible," says Federer with not a word of hyperbole. "I think it was awesome from both sides. Thanks for supporting us, it helped me to get it done for sure.

"I still thought the finishing line was far for Gael (when he was two sets up) and I knew I could play better. When I was down two match points I thought 'this is it', go down fighting, don't miss a shot and let him have it but I served well and stayed in the match and somehow turned it around. I felt great in the fifth."

Game, set and match

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 Monfils*

Roger Federer
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Monfils has enough left in the tank to approach the net, but Federer simply passes him. The five-time champion rattles off another two points quickly. Three match points. A big serve down the 'T', Monfils chasing fresh air. A fist-pumping celebration from the second seed. What a match.

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 5-2 Monfils

Monfils breathing heavily, looking like a man who has run a marathon in oppressive heat. He races to a 40-0 lead and although Federer eats into the lead, the Frenchman easily hold. Federer, perhaps, conserving energy.

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 5-1 Monfils*

There's a better chance of fish learning to climb trees than Monfils dragging himself back into contention from here. Another stylish volley from Federer takes him to within a game of what would be an incredible victory.

Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Monfils is looking a little bit petulant. There's a mutter to himself, but that's not a bad thing when it comes to Monfils as I think it's how he keeps himself going. He can't be thinking that he had a 2-0 lead. He has to start from scratch. The unforced errors are flying off the racquet of Monfils."

Federer breaks

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 4-1 Monfils

Monfils spraying wide, spraying long. He looks towards his racquet, searching for answers but he will find none. Three break points Federer. The Swiss needs just the one, he steps forward, crunching a winning forehand into the corner. The fat lady is gargling some mouthwash and is preparing to come on stage.

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 3-1 Monfils*

Federer with cat-like reflexes at the net even after over three hours of trouble and toil. Monfils attempts an eye-catching in-between-the-legs shot but, in truth, he had given up on the point because there was no hope of passing the second seed. A comfortable serve for Federer.

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Chasey: "Need to go to bed but Federer is keeping me busy!"

Ahmed: "Monfils showing incredible poise. Unfortunately Federer's the people's champion. What a legend."

Alex Rose: "Can't believe Roger Federer is only 33. Seems like he has been around the game for so long."

Aidan Mifsud: "When Monfils plays even the errors are exciting."

Aidan, you're not wrong. The flamboyant Frenchman has got to be the best value for money on the circuit. Just checking out the new balls is an art form.

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 2-1 Monfils

Gael Monfils
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The Monfils double faults in double digits and, at 15-30, Federer has an opportunity to kill off his opponent. But the Swiss carelessly nets for 30-30 and Monfils comes through the adversity by serving big and serving hard.

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 2-0 Monfils*

The Frenchman's legs have turned to guacamole. Monfils can offer no resistance. He swings wildly at a Federer serve at 40-15 and turns towards the baseline, shoulders slumped, to prepare to launch some serves.

Jill Craybas, US former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

"That's the first indication for me that Monfils is looking a little bit deflated. Federer took a long bathroom break after the fourth set and I don't know if that's had an effect. Maybe that's shifted the momentum even more. That's a sloppy game from Monfils, but Federer stayed really consistent in that game."

Federer breaks

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 1-0 Monfils

Here's something to chew on. Federer has come back from two sets down on eight occasions and has won 22 and lost 19 five-set matches. Monfils has won 12 of 20 so it's the Frenchman who enjoys a better record when a match goes the distance.

Federer nicks two early points, Monfils swaying like a punch-drunk heavyweight, and drills a tired backhand into the tramlines. Three break points. Monfils has one big punch left in him, but no more than that as he goes long once again.

Federer leaves the court, but only temporarily, and in the meantime Monfils stretches the hamstrings. And breathe...

Game and fourth set

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 Monfils*

Roger Federer
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"Out" yell a couple of spectators during a rally but the players carry on until Monfils nets on the opening point. "Please do not call out during the rally," says Carlos Ramons. The yips also affecting Federer - the Swiss chucking in a double fault for 30-15 - but a well-timed driving volley brings up two set points for the Swiss. Monfils hooks a return way beyond the tramlines. We carry on.

Federer breaks

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-5 Monfils

What do you do when 22,000 fans are screaming encouragement at your opponent? You go toe-to-toe with him. A cushion-soft touch at the net from Monfils levels matters. 30-30. Monfils seems to push a forehand into the tramlines. HawkEye proves it was a fraction wide. To deuce we go.

The pair trading blows from the baseline, screams from a section of the yee-hawingly vocal crowd as Federer drags a forehand wide. Advantage. Monfils attempts to pass Federer at the net but has no joy. Deuce. Double fault Monfils. His eighth of the match. Break point Federer. Monfils lethargic. Another double fault. There will be no sleeping on this watch.

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 5-5 Monfils*

While his forehand and first serve may have been off key in this match, Federer's net play has been on song. A volley at a zany angle. First point Federer but his forehand falters, gifting Monfils three easy points. Two match points Monfils! Oh my word.

The world watches on as a Monfils forehand bounces long, seemingly in slow motion. Federer comes to the net, the ploy pays dividends. Danger averted. Monfils goes long! Federer launches down and ace! The five-time champion jumps for joy! The crowd are on their feet! Federer lives on!

Gael Monfils
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*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Monfils

A double fault from Monfils - his third of the set and seventh of the match - puts Federer on the scoreboard. 15-15. The Federer racquet sparkling - a forehand down the line for 15-30 - but from a high to a series of lows, a netted backhand, a forehand long, and Monfils nips to 40-30. The game is prolonged as the 20th seed screws a forehand long but, just as in previous games, the Frenchman pulls out two brutal serves from his magic box and Federer must serve to stay in the match.

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 4-4 Monfils*

Federer is three matches from making more history but Monfils is two games away from writing his own name into a chapter of US Open history. Will it be a first US Open semi-final for the Frenchman or a first semi-final since 2011 for Federer? Rapid-fire serves from Federer for a hold to 15 and the pressure quickly on Monfils once again.

Jill Craybas, US former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

Gael Monfils
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"It has been quite an intense match and the atmosphere has been awesome. The quality of tennis out here at this late stage of the match is incredible. We are seeing a bit more emotion from Federer, which is very unusual. I think he was surprised by how well Monfils came out at the start of this game, so he's really trying to pump himself to give himself some more energy.

Even with Monfils being two sets to one up, how close the statistics are show how tight this match is. This is the most focused I've seen Monfils in a match. There's usually more drama, shouting, jumping up and down."

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 3-4 Monfils

Gael Monfils
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"Allez" screams Monfils as a Federer forehand whizzes past him and bounces long for 40-30, but super returning from Federer pushes the game to deuce. Monfils embarking on an entertaining monologue. Is he loosing it or is he revving himself up? It's the latter. An ace to the wings. An ace down the 'T'. Boom! Boom!

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 3-3 Monfils*

Monfils's two victories over Federer came on hard courts, but the Swiss does have the superior record. A hold to love from a stern-looking Federer. High-octane stuff.

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 2-3 Monfils

A pumped-up Monfils cries an anguished groan after every shot, but it doesn't seem to be helping because Federer has reined him in to 30-30. A rush of blood to the head from Monfils and Federer has break point - but an overclubbed forehand into the tramlines from the Swiss lets Monfils off the hook.

The Frenchman talking to himself in his native tongue in between points. The heart is pumping. The adrenaline oozing. Two mammoth aces later - one a swashbuckling 137mph - and the exuberant Monfils is ahead for the first time in the set. Bravo!

Monfils breaks

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 2-2 Monfils*

The longer the rally, the greater chance of Federer coming out on top. Monfils stretching every sinew to fetch a Federer volley, but even a man of his elasticity struggles and he's outstretched on the floor, having allowed Federer to come back to 30-30. A third ace of the match from Federer but Monfils takes the game to deuce.

Break point Monfils, his second of the set, Federer saves. Thunderclap of a forehand for a second break point. Federer saves. Third break point - Federer volleys into the tramlines and whacks the net and decides to change his racquet. The Swiss exchanges words with the umpire. "What's wrong with you?" Federer asks Carlos Ramos.

Federer breaks

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 2-1 Monfils

Oh, Gael, what are you doing? A drop shot? non, non, non. Federer, like a shark smelling blood, senses that his opponent is feeling the strain. A dreamy backhand winner down the line from the former champion for two break points.

Monfils refusing to crumble, dragging the game to deuce - the forehand again Federer's foe - but the Swiss is volleying with aplomb and earns third break point. The Frenchman messes up on the baseline, forehand goes long, and Federer's stentorian roar can be heard in Staten Island.

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 1-1 Monfils*

Federer continuing to overcook the forehand and soon the alarm bells will ring. Some spectators shuffling uneasily in their seats as Monfils goes 0-30 up, but the Swiss digs deep, drags himself back into contention at 30-30 after coming out on top of a 21-shot rally.

"Come on," Federer roars as Monfils returns wide - but the second seed again wild on the forehand. Deuce. Jaw-droppingly good counter-punching from Monfils, a thunderous one-two, ending with a forehand into the corner for break point!

Monfils, the court at his mercy, slaps a backhand into the tape. Federer ups the ante - a fabulous deep backhand volley for advantage and another to see off the danger. Blimey.

Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"This match is so level that both Federer and Monfils have hit 27 winners and unforced errors apiece.

"The difference in the third set was Federer made one unforced error compared to Monfils' nine."

*Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 0-1 Monfils

Who said Monfils had questionable temperament? Cool and crisp serving to go 40-0 up and, other than a grand Federer forehand, the Frenchman has it all his own way.

Game and third set

Federer 4-6 3-6 6-4 Monfils*

Roger Federer
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Monfils' radar a little off on the returns as Federer eases to 30-0. The Swiss scoots to the tape, a wonderful volley sends Monfils scrambling and the Swiss sees him off with an overhead. Three set points. He only needs the one. Simple, yet efficient from the Swiss master. We're in for the long haul.

*Federer 4-6 3-6 5-4 Monfils

In a blink of an eye, Monfils has rattled off three points quickly for a 40-0 lead and before I can add a full stop to the end of this sentence, he holds to 15. Federer to serve for the third set. Sleep? No, thanks.

Federer 4-6 3-6 5-3 Monfils*

Monfils continuing to retrieve what seems like the unreachable and his long limbs put Federer on the back foot in the first point, forcing the Swiss to net. Sharp-shooting from Federer, though, from 0-15 to 40-15, and he wraps the game up as Monfils ends a lengthy rally by swinging wide on the forehand.

*Federer 4-6 3-6 4-3 Monfils

There's a lovely ebb and flow to this match. Federer has momentum but the pendulum has swung with such regularity in this set you can never be sure who will pull through. A comfortable hold for Monfils, a challenge rightly going his way.

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Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Roger Federer
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"Last time Federer came back from 0-2 down was against another Frenchman, Julien Benneteau, at Wimbledon in 2012. He's hade eight career comebacks from 0-2 down and needs to make it a ninth here to make it into the US Open semi-finals."