US Open: Gael Monfils, Angelique Kerber Advance Into Semifinals

Updated: 07 September 2016 02:26 IST

Gael Monfils and Angelique Kerber both reached the US Open semifinals on Tuesday after securing easy wins in their singles quarterfinal matches

US Open: Gael Monfils, Angelique Kerber Advance Into Semifinals
Gael Monfils defeated compatriot Lucas Pouille to reach the US Open men's singles semifinals. © AFP

New York:

Gael Monfils reached the second Grand Slam semi-final of his career on Tuesday, downing giant-killer Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the US Open last four.

The 30-year-old 10th seed from France was in control throughout against his 22-year-old compatriot, who shocked 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in an epic fifth-set tiebreaker to reach the quarter-finals.

Monfils, who played in the semis of the 2008 French Open, will face either world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic or fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in Sunday's championship match.

Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, reached her second US Open semi-final on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over 2015 runner-up Roberta Vinci which also edged her closer to the world number one spot.

The German second seed showed remarkable powers of resilience to retrieve three breaks of serve against the Italian 33-year-old in the first set.

She will face either two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki or shock quarter-finalist Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia for a place in Saturday's championship match.

In a powerful demonstration of her title credentials, 28-year-old Australian Open champion Kerber wrapped up the second set by allowing Vinci just five points on her serve.

"It's always tough to play Roberta, she always comes out to play great tennis," said Kerber, who last made the semi-finals in New York in 2011.

"I am happy to win in two sets which means a lot to me," she added.

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Topics mentioned in this article Tennis Gael Monfils Lucas Pouille Angelique Kerber Roberta Vinci
Highlights
  • Gael Monfils has reached the US Open men's singles semifinals
  • Angelique Kerber won her match to reach the women's singles semis
  • Kerber defeated last year's finalist Roberta Vinci in the quarters
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