Marin Cilic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years, upsetting sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the U.S. Open.
Eventually, the physically demanding action proved too much for a fading Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic pulled away to reach the semifinals for the eighth consecutive year.
After a bad-as-can-be start, dropping the first three games, Serena Williams quickly turned things around and stretched her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches to get back to the semifinals.
Tenth seed Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player in the Open Era to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal with a five-set win over 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
The match went 4 hours, 15 minutes, and the 10th-seeded Nishikori managed to shake off any lingering exhaustion from his previous victory, which lasted 4:19 and ended at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday, equaling the latest finish in tournament history.
Andy Murray went more than a year between victories over top-10 opponents. Now he needs to make it two in a row.
Federer was broken only once, part of a three-game run for Bautista Agut that took the score from 5-1 to 5-4. But Federer had no trouble the second time he tried to serve out that set, which he ended with a pair of aces.
Colorful Gael Monfils is back in the US Open quarterfinals.
Gael Monfils beat Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010.
Murray-Djokovic feels much more like a Grand Slam title match than a quarterfinal, and for good reason.
Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka tumbled into the stands, kept calling for the trainer, and still pulled away to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kenepi in the U.S. Open on Monday, keeping her hopes alive for a third straight Flushing Meadows crown.
The top seeds made it look easy on a hot and humid Labor Day.
Djokovic, the 2011 champion at Flushing Meadows, made only 19 unforced errors, saved both break points he faced, and breezed past 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 Monday.
Bellis played on the grandstand court, Flushing Meadows’ third-largest venue, to accommodate her following after her performance in the main draw.