Roger Federer had nerves of steel in his marathon five-set win over Frenchman Gael 'Boneless' Monfils in the last-eight stage of the United States Open Tennis Championships on Thursday. "I still thought the finish line was far for Gael.
I knew I could play better tennis," Federer was quoted as saying by ATPWorldTour.com after his 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 triumph, which earned him a place in the semifinals. "I got off to a good start, so I was actually feeling alright, but then when I was down two match points, that’s when I wasn’t feeling so great anymore.
"I thought, 'This is it. This is last point, man. Just go down fighting, don’t miss an easy shot and let him have it. It’s fine." Who's next? Up next for Federer awaits Croatia's Marin Cilic, who rushed his way to the last-four stage with a straight-set conquest of Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych.
"I’m looking forward to playing Marin. He’s a great guy. We had a tough, tough match in Toronto," the Swiss said of the Croat, who has produced some sturdy performances in the recent past. "I think I needed nine match points to close him out and beat him at midnight, 6-4 in the third, so we know what to expect." Also Read: Rafael Nadal shares pictures in sleeveless outfit he was unable to wear at US Open