Federer, Djokovic to Meet in U.S. Open Semifinals as Rain Delays Finals

Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to set up a semifinal meeting with Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open, which pushed both singles finals back a day because of rain delays.

After two days of washouts at the National Tennis Center in New York, Federer waited out a 93-minute first-set interruption before finishing off a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Tsonga, the 11th seed from France.

The five-time champion moves on to face top-seeded Djokovic, who advanced when fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic retired with a hamstring injury. It will be the third time in this year’s four Grand Slam tournaments that Federer and Djokovic will play for a spot in a final.

Three-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams and top- seeded Caroline Wozniacki will meet in the women’s semifinals after straight-set wins today, while Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and John Isner all won men’s fourth-round matches.

Even though organizers completed all 10 matches on today’s schedule, they said the women’s championship is now set to conclude on Sept. 11 with the men’s final a day later. It will be the fourth straight year the tennis season’s final Grand Slam event will enter a third week.

Samantha Stosur, the No. 9 seeded woman from Australia, and unseeded German Angelique Kerber also reached the women’s semifinals with wins today.

Bubble Trouble

While rain only interrupted Federer’s win today, the match between 21st-seeded Roddick and David Ferrer was delayed an hour and moved to a new court because water was bubbling up on the playing surface in Louis Armstrong Stadium. The No. 2 court was shut down until further notice.

Federer, the No. 3 seed from Switzerland, avenged losses in his previous two matches against Tsonga, including a quarterfinal defeat at Wimbledon where he blew a two-set lead.

That wasn’t the case this time for Federer, who now has to get past Djokovic to reach a seventh U.S. Open final in eight years. Djokovic held a 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 3-0 lead when Tipsarevic couldn’t continue.

Federer won his last meeting against Djokovic on the clay courts at the French Open. Djokovic won in straight sets at the Australian Open, which has hard court surfaces like the U.S. Open and has claimed three of four meetings between the two this year. Djokovic, who won this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon, also beat Federer in the semifinals at the 2010 U.S. Open.

Roddick, Isner Win

Roddick of the U.S. wound up beating the fifth-seeded Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on the 584-seat Court 13 to reach the quarterfinals. Isner advanced to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4) win over Gilles Simon of France.

Roddick celebrated by walking the length of the court while slapping hands with fans who lined the boundaries.

Prior to today, Roddick hadn’t played a U.S. Open contest outside the 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in more than nine years. He said today’s experience included hearing “some Van Morrison wannabe playing music,” someone screaming in the courtyard, a man scaling a nearby fence and a couple of people giving commentary from the service line.

“I didn’t think Court 13 was in my future, but I probably could have promised you if it ever came to that I was just going to call it quits,” Roddick said, drawing laughter, at a news conference.

Roddick Vs Nadal

Roddick next faces Nadal in the quarterfinals after the defending champion and No. 2 seed from Spain beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 6-2. The Spaniard came back to win the first set after play was suspended yesterday with Muller leading 3-0.

Williams, a three-time champion from the U.S., beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-1.

Williams, seeded 28th after two injury-filled seasons, will next face Wozniacki of Denmark, who beat Andrea Petkovic, the No. 10 seed from Germany 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) after her match also was moved to Court 13.

Stosur beat second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-3 to advance to a semifinal meeting with Kerber, who topped Flavia Pennetta, the No. 26 seed from Italy, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Murray, the No. 4 seed from Britain, beat American wild card Donald Young 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 on the Grandstand court. The match resumed today with Murray trailing 2-1 in the first set after about 20 minutes of action took place yesterday.

Young made 53 unforced errors compared with 17 for Murray, who will face Isner, the 28th seed, in the quarterfinals.

“I didn’t put my best foot forward and play the way I’ve been playing,” Young said at a news conference. “To get up every day, getting ready to play and not playing, it’s kind of emotionally draining.”

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