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.
The second-seeded Federer was a game from losing the first set to Marcel Granollers in the third round Sunday when play was stopped because of lightning.
The sisters are bidding for their 14th Grand Slam doubles title, but first at Flushing Meadows since 2009.
10th seed Caroline Wozniacki dazzled on the Ashe Stadium Court in the third set, beating 5th seed and 2014 French Open champ Maria Sharapova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Wozniacki beat the five-time major champ 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes on a steamy Sunday.
The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams has faced American opponents in all three of her matches this week while extending her overall winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 17.
“Qualifiers” are gaining additional notoriety in the women’s draw.
Second-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland has not won a grand slam in the US Open in more than two years, and at 33, some have wondered whether his time might be up.
Sara Errani, the No. 13 seed from Italy, and Venus Williams played what was the most exciting set of the US Open so far.