US Open 2014: Roger Federer through after rain delay

Roger Federer
Roger Federer has won all three career meetings with Spain's world number 42 Marcel Granollers
US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York
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Former US Open champion Roger Federer came from behind to beat Marcel Granollers in four sets and reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

The Swiss second seed, 33, lost a rain-disrupted first set but recovered to win 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1.

Fourth seed David Ferrer was the first top-10 casualty in the men's draw, losing to Gilles Simon 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3.

Swiss 17-year-old Belinda Bencic upset ninth seed Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Bencic next faces China's Peng Shuai, a 6-3 6-4 winner over 14th seed Czech Lucie Safarova.

Five-time US Open champion Federer, 33, trailed 5-2 in the first set before a two-hour rain suspension.

Stats of the day
Sara Errani is through to the last eight despite being last in the fastest serve list on 88mph, averaging just 76mph against Mirjana Lucic-Barino
Mirjana Lucic-Barino went to the top of the women's charts for unforced errors, with 69 taking her to a total of 156 for the tournament
Maria Sharapova departs the US Open with the unenviable leading number of 30 double faults
Caroline Wozniacki has been on court for 6hrs 53mins in her four matches

He went on to win 20 of the next 24 games, despite losing the first set, to claim his 70th career win at the tournament and reach the fourth round for the 14th straight year.

In the fourth round, he will meet Spain's 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-2 6-3.

Frenchman Simon, the 26th seed, will play Croatian Marin Cilic next after the number 14 seed beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Italy's Sara Errani ended the run of Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni with a 6-3 2-6 6-0 win in the fourth round.

Errani, the 13th seed, faces 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki after the Dane knocked out fifth seed Maria Sharapova.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1999

Arthur Ashe Stadium

Sara Errani (Ita) (13) beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) 6-3 2-6 6-0

Qualifier Lucic-Baroni, 32, was playing in the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time since 1999, when she lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Despite her exit, Lucic-Baroni, who beat second seed Simona Halep in the last 32, said: "I have been waiting for this, playing good tennis and having good results like I have the last two weeks.

"This is what it's about for me. Not a billion dollars can compare to the feelings I felt in the last two weeks."

Errani, 27, said: "She hit the ball unbelievably strong. She's the kind of player I don't like to play too much, so I just tried to be very focused every point."

Caroline Wozniacki (Den) (10) beat Maria Sharapova (Rus) (5) 6-4 2-6 6-2

Wozniacki said: "By the end of the second set I just thought to myself, 'Try to hit through the ball. Just go for your shots. Prepare yourself for the third set.'

"When we had that break I said, 'OK, win or lose, I'm going to go for my shots. I'm going to go for it. This is the only chance I have to win. If I'm going to lose, at least I'm going to do it with dignity.'"

Roger Federer (Sui) (2) beat Marcel Granollers (Spa) 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1

"I enjoyed it. I thought it was a good match and I'm happy I was able to come back and turn it around," said Federer.

"Marcel started really on fire. The break helped me and I came out and played some great tennis."

Belinda Bencic (Sui) beat Jelena Jankovic (Ser) (9) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3

"It was always a dream to play on this court," said Bencic, who is coached by Melanie Molitor, the mother of former US Open winner Martina Hingis.

Louis Armstrong Stadium

Gilles Simon (Fra) (26) beat David Ferrer (Spa) (4) 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3

Giles Simon
Gilles Simon, the 26th seed, beat David Ferrer on his third match point

"He destroyed me five times before," said Simon, who had beaten Ferrer only once before and who plays Marin Cilic in the last 16.

"I just tried to stay loose and relaxed and enjoy myself on court. But I am tired. The weather forecast said it would be cooler today but it didn't feel like it."

Gael Monfils (Fra) (20) beat Richard Gasquet (Fra) (12) 6-4 6-2 6-2

Monfils, who turns 28 on Monday, hit 50 winners as he eased past fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet in under two hours.

"You never expect an easy match with a friend and as good a player as I know Richard is," said Monfils. "It wasn't expected but I'll take it."

Tomas Berdych (Cze) (6) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) 6-3 6-2 6-4


Marin Cilic (Cro) (14) beat Kevin Anderson (SA) (18) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4

Dominic Thiem (Aus) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spa) (19) 6-4 6-2 6-3

Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) (7) beat David Goffin (Bel) 0-6 6-3 6-4 6-1

Bulgarian seventh seed Dimitrov recovered from losing the first set in less than half an hour to Goffin, who had won 27 of his previous 28 matches.

"I didn't let go of my belief," said 23-year-old Dimitrov. "If I kept good composure and if I just stayed there mentally, I knew physically I was able to go the whole five sets."

Quotes of the day

"I am OK. It's one match of my career. Don't worry." David Ferrer hides his disappointment at losing to Gilles Simon.

"I never sweat like this in the last 10 years." Gilles Simon describes the testing conditions.

"It was really difficult to time the balls, especially on her ball and her serve. It comes so slow and it kind of floats in the air." Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is among a select few to have been bamboozled by the Sara Errani serve.

"I don't serve very fast," confirmed Errani. "Of course you see that. It's difficult for me. I try to improve my serve, but I have a different kind of serve. I don't try to make winners with my serve. I just try to make kick, make slice, try to change my game."

"I think that's the flood warning. Darn it. If I was only there a little longer." Maria Sharapova responds to phones buzzing all around during her press conference.

Rain stops play

US Open
The day session was cancelled at the US Open due to heavy rain

As the skies darkened above New York, phones began to buzz all around Flushing Meadows - "Flash Flood Warning. Avoid Flood Areas".

On Arthur Ashe Stadium, Granollers was interrupted during the set of his life as he led Federer 5-2 when tournament referee Brian Earley called a halt to proceedings.

It proved a wise decision, as minutes later the predicted downpour arrived, leading to the cancellation of the day session.

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