09/09/2011 11:48 am ET Updated Nov 09, 2011

U.S. Open 2011: Day 11 Results

By Tennis Panorama News

FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York – Two American men – Andy Roddick and John Isner have reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, all top four men’s seeds advanced while Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur and Angelique Kerber are in the women’s semifinals on day 11 of the US Open.

Two Yankee Doodle Dandies in Quarterfinals

Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner pulled off upset wins to advance to the quarterfinals of the US Open on Thursday.
In a match which was supposed to take place in Louis Armstrong Stadium but was moved to Court 13 due to water coming up through a crack behind the baseline, Andy Roddick upset No. 5 seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“I looked down at one point and I saw like kind of like a little crack, and it had probably seven or eight nickel sized water drops on it, but it looked too perfectly placed.  It almost looked like someone almost pored a little bit of water out.  So I dried it off, played the next game, went back to play the point, and saw it was there again.  That’s when I realized that we had a problem.”

Louis Armstrong Stadium will not be used for the remainder of the tournament. Roddick last played on Court 13 as a junior in 1999 and spoke about playing on the court again. ” I enjoyed it.  I like playing kind of the smaller more intimate stuff when I can.  I haven’t always gotten that opportunity here.  I know Armstrong and Grandstand, there are so many great courts here that I just haven’t been a part of at all.  You know, 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.  (Laughter.)  But extenuating circumstances, I guess.  I enjoyed myself out there, though. ”

“I think he won because he was better than me,” said Ferrer of Roddick. ” And if we play in another court, for Roddick, he won the same match.”

With the backlog of  matches, Roddick will be forced to play two matches in 24 hours – “I think I played five slam finals, and I’ve had to play on the Saturday four times.  So the ’09 Wimbledon final was actually the first time I ever got a day off in between.  I’ve always kind of responded well to playing like that,” Roddick said.

Roddick will face World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Friday’s quarterfinals. On how the American will play the Spaniard, “well, it’s tough.  You know, I’m gonna have to play pretty aggressively now, similar to what I did today.  He’s one of the greatest ever, so I’m gonna have to, you know, have a repeat at least.”
No. 28 John Isner upset  No. 12 Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) on Court 17.
On whether it’s the biggest win of his career achieving his first trip to a Grand Salm quarterfinal, Isner said: “It’s certainly one of them.  I never made a Grand Slam quarterfinal before, so it’s definitely up there.  It feels good to get that one, you know, done with and over with.”

“I’m playing well.  I felt like I played fairly well today.  I was happy.  I won a match, and my serve was broken five or six times, or six times or something.  You know, that’s pretty encouraging.

“I do feel confident going into tomorrow.  It’s obviously a very tough opponent.  I don’t know  –  looks like he, you know, beat Donald pretty easily today.  He’s playing well.  He’s so tough.  He’s been in this situation a lot more than me.  But then again, you know, he hasn’t  –  you know, it will be a different matchup for him.  You know, like I said, with my serve, that that’s gonna help me a lot. I’m going to have to play my best, my absolute best to have any shot.” 

Top Four Players Advance

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray at the bottom of the draw advanced to the quarterfinals in straight set wins, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer moved on to face each other in the semifinal.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals when his countryman Janko Tipsarevic was forced to retire with a thigh injury trailing 7-6 (2), 6-7 (3), 6-0, 3-0.

The No. 2 seed  Nadal defeated the  68th ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-2  in the first match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“It’s best of five,” said Nadal. “Playing against Muller, he has fantastic serve, so I know I can go on court and lose the first set.  That’s the normal thing, no?  But I go on court, try my best every in moment and trying to produce any opportunity to have the break back.  I did.  I had the break.  I was very happy, because I started the match with good feelings.  It’s not easy because he plays aggressive, he plays with mistakes, but at the same time with winners.  So it’s difficult to have the right rhythm against him.

“I served with high percentage.  I don’t have a lot of unforced errors.  I had very few.  When I had the chance to attack, I did.  I played few fantastic passing shots today.  That’s important against one player like Muller. For the rest, I said before, is difficult to find the rhythm, to hit six, seven, eight balls with good feeling against a player like Muller.  But what I can do, I did well.”

“The problem is we don’t have enough power in these kind of tournaments,” Nadal said about his concern about the way Grand Slam events are run. “That’s what have to change very soon.”
He called the US Open schedule in which the men play the semifinals on Saturday and then the final on Sunday “something crazy for the players.”
World No. 3 Roger Federer got a little revenge against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga by ousting the Frenchman 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday in the evening session. The match was interrupted by rain for about 90 minutes in the first set.
Federer had lost his last two contests against Tsonga at the Montreal Masters event and Wimbledon where the Frenchman rallied from two sets down to win.

“It’s true, the Wimbledon match does come back into your mind, especially when he’s got break point in the third, and you’re wondering if it will be like Wimbledon.”

Federer has now reached his eighth consecutive US Open semifinal where he will face Novak Djokovic. It will be the fifth straight year the two will have played each other at the US Open.

Federer played Djokovic in the semifinals of Roland Garros where he handed the Serb his first lost on the year. “I don’t know how much Paris is going to help me or help him. It was just one of those great matches of the year. It was special in the moment itself. I hope it’s something similar,” said Federer.
Andy Murray stopped 84th ranked American Donald Young of the United States 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the Grandstand on Thursday. Much of his post-match News conference focused on the tour and the clashes between the ATP and ITF.

“Because we have the ATP and the ITF, and they don’t like each other very much, that there’s always going to be some issues with Davis Cup, the schedule, the Grand Slams, and things like what happened yesterday,” noted Murray.

Well, the difference is that for at the ATP tournaments, the ATP tournaments, not this one, we have like ATP representatives, we have like an ATP Tour manager, like ATP referees, so they’re sort of there looking out for the players is what they’re obviously there to do.  Here we have an ATP Tour manager who was in the locker room with us beforehand yesterday, and he was saying, it’s still raining out there, guys.  You shouldn’t go out there and play. And then the referees here, it’s different.  You know, it’s the ITF.  They want us to go out on the court.  If it was at an ATP tournament we wouldn’t have been on the court, but because it’s not, the ATP don’t run the Grand Slams, then it’s not always up to us.”
Serena moves into semifinal clash with No. 1 Wozniacki

Serena Williams stopped  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-1 for a place in the semifinals against Caroline Wozniacki.
“I think for me it was a slow start,” said Williams, “and once I lost serve, I was determined to break serve so I wouldn’t be down a break. Then I just kept losing serve in the beginning.  Very weird.

“I tried to move my feet a little better and just tried to get pumped up, because I felt like I wasn’t at my best.  But I felt like, um, I just tried to do a little  –  do everything just a little bit better.

“I was fortunate to have the night match so I came out when I was supposed to, and then got canceled shortly after. So it wasn’t too much of a burden.  The day before was my day off, so I actually had probably a good schedule. I just feel like I’m here, and I want to keep winning.  I never want to get too comfortable.”

The women’s final has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon at 4 PM.

Williams talked about her opponent in the semifinals Caroline Wozniacki who defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 7-6 (5): “I think Caroline is a very consistent player.  I think both consistent on the court and then consistent in playing tournaments and doing well and winning tournaments as well as going really far in tournaments. That’s pretty much what it takes to be the best.
“I think her weapon is the fact that she never gives up.  You saw she was playing Kuznetsova and she was down and she came back.  That’s probably the biggest weapon I think you can have in all of tennis.  Also, she’s moving really fast.  She’s running every ball down.  That’s a great weapon to have, as well.”

Wozniacki on playing Williams: “She’s playing great.  I think she’s in great shape.  She’s been proving that she’s back on fire. I’m excited to be out there and play, and hopefully it will be a good match.”

“I know I’m going out there and playing a great champion.  She hasn’t won 13 Grand Slams for nothing.  She’s been out there on the big stage many times.  I’m No. 1 in the world at the moment and I’ve been playing well and I have had a great year.  You know, both have nothing to lose.  We’ll just go out there, and hopefully will be a good battle.  That’s all that matters, you know, that I give it my all.  After the match we’ll see how good that was.

“Her biggest strength is definitely also her fighting spirit, and, you know, she’s  -  her experience now after playing so many years on the tour, it’s definitely, you know, being in these situations a lot of times definitely    she’s just a great competitor, a great athlete in general.

“She’s definitely a role model.  She’s showing how to fight, how to compete on the court.  Yeah, I mean, winning big matches, and also off the court she’s a great role model showing that, you know, you should respect others and enjoy life.”
Squaring off in the other semifinal on Saturday will be Australian Samantha Stosur and Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Stosur continued her dominance over Vera Zvonareva with her eighth consecutive win over the Russian 6-3, 6-3.
Stosur on playing Kerber: “Well, I don’t actually know much about Kerber except that she’s a lefty.  That’s about it.  We’ve never played and never practiced together or anything like that.”

Kerber stunned Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to gain her first carer grand slam semifinal.

Advancing Seeds
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (10) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 61 76(5)
(9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 63 63
(28) Serena Williams (USA) d. (17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 75 61

[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [20] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(2) 67(3) 60 30 ret. (leg)
[3] R Federer (SUI) d [11] J Tsonga (FRA) 64 63 63
Fourth Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d G Muller (LUX) 76(1) 61 62
[4] A Murray (GBR) d D Young (USA) 62 63 63
[21] A Roddick (USA) d [5] D Ferrer (ESP) 63 64 36 63
[28] J Isner (USA) d [12] G Simon (FRA) 76(2) 36 76(2) 76(4)

Seeds Upset
(9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 63 63
(28) Serena Williams (USA) d. (17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 75 61
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (26) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 46 63
[21] A Roddick (USA) d [5] D Ferrer (ESP) 63 64 36 63
[28] J Isner (USA) d [12] G Simon (FRA) 76(2) 36 76(2) 76(4)

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