Federer Sets Swiss Showdown
Roger Federer remains in the hunt for an Open Era-record sixth US Open title after dismantling 12th seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
The battle, which counted World No. 1 Andre Agassi and celebrities Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and Alec Baldwin among its onlookers, lasted 1 hour and 27 minutes.
In the opening set, Gasquet saved three set points at 2-5, 0/40 before the second-seeded Federer converted the first on his own serve in the next game, with a cross-court forehand winner. In the third game of the second set, Federer seized a break point with an inside-out forehand winner. He claimed the set when Gasquet landed his second double fault of the match.
The 29 year-old Gasquet gave up an early break in the third set as a forehand sailed long, and though he fended off one match point, he wasn't able to do the same on the second. Federer amassed a total of 50 winners, including 16 aces, to Gasquet's eight.
The victory allowed the Swiss to maintain his hard court dominance over the Frenchman, extending his lead to 9-0. Overall, Federer improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Gasquet to 14-3.
Federer, who is yet to drop a set at this year’s US Open, next meets countryman and fifth seed Stan Wawrinka. Federer has a 16-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over his 30-year-old compatriot.
"I think I played a very good match, I felt the ball great from the return [and] it helped playing Isner in the previous round and seeing those massive serves," said Federer. "This is going to help me also physically and mentally save energy; I hope because of that, I can play better in the semi-finals," he added.
The Swiss No. 1 noted that Wawrinka played a "wonderful" match against him at Roland Garros, where the Swiss No. 2 triumphed in straight sets and advanced to the final where he claimed a second Grand Slam. "He's improved a lot and I couldn't be happier to play him here. "It’s two Swiss in the semis of the US Open, it's very cool for the both of us and I'm looking forward to it," said Federer, who will on Friday contest his 38th major semi-final.
"I believe Stan can bring it. That's my number one focus, that I make it as hard as possible for him to beat me. Personally I'm very happy with the where my game is at, it's just a matter of keeping it up and adjusting to Stan now," said Federer. "Looking forward to playing him, because he definitely is a big test and a big challenge for me," he added.