Roger Federer Stages Great Escape to Reach US Open Semifinals

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, seeded second, rallied from two sets down and saved two match points against his own serve in the 10th game of the fourth set en route to a 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory.

updated: September 05, 2014 10:29 IST
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Federer Celebrates Monfils Win
Roger Federer celebrates his victory over Gael Monfils.


New York: Roger Federer saved two match points to defeat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 and reach his ninth US Open semi-final Thursday, keeping alive his dream of a sixth title.

The 33-year-old Swiss second seed, bidding to become the oldest winner of a Grand Slam title in more than 40 years, was staring down the barrel of a demoralising exit when French 20th seed Monfils had two match points in the 10th game of the fourth set.

But once they were saved, the lifeblood was suddenly sucked out of the flamboyant but unpredictable 28-year-old Frenchman whose notoriously fickle stamina failed him in a one-sided fifth set.

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