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US Open: Roger Federer beats Gael Monfils in five-set thriller

US Open: Roger Federer beats Gael Monfils in five-set thriller

Posted by Liliana Castaño on September 05, 2014

Roger Federer saved two match points as he beat Gael Monfils to keep alive his hopes of an 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

The Swiss won 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 in a dramatic New York night session to reach the semi-finals.

Federer, 33, goes on to face Croatia's Marin Cilic in the last four on Saturday.

"I still thought the finish line was far for Gael," said Federer on falling two sets behind.

"I knew I could play better tennis. When I was down two match points, that's when I wasn't feeling too good any more.

"I thought 'this is it, don't let him have an easy shot and go down fighting.' But I served well and managed to turn it around."

Monfils had two chances to seal the biggest victory of his career in the fourth set, but saw a backhand float agonisingly long on the first before Federer cracked a brilliant forehand on the second.

Having managed to regain his grip on the match after dropping the third set, a tiring Monfils gifted Federer two double-faults in a row to hand over the following game and his challenge faded fast.

 

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