Top two seeds could meet in both men’s and women’s finals
Despite all the upsets and seeds that have fallen over the last ten days, both the men’s and women’s finals this year could feature a match between the first and second seeds. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have breezed into the semi-finals while Serena Williams and Simona Halep have found it harder but are both safely into the last four.
Keep reading for our US Open semi final preview.
Swiss pair meet in semis after breezing into last four
The quarter finals could hardly have been easier for Roger Federer. The 34 year old took just 87 minutes to dispatch 12th seed Richard Gasquet in the last eight and the second seed didn’t face a break point in the match.
Federer won 6-3 6-3 6-1 and has yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament. Next he faces his Swiss Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka who also came through his quarter final unscathed. Having won their last four meetings we expected Kevin Anderson to put up quite a fight but he capitulated in straight sets to the fifth seed, losing 6-4 6-4 6-0.
Federer has won 16 of his last 19 meetings with his countryman but lost their most recent match in the quarter final of this year’s French Open. The two claim there is no bad blood between them after the incidents that soured their meeting at last year’s ATP Tour finals in London and Federer says he is looking forward to meeting his international team mate for a place in the final.
“Stan played a wonderful match against me in Paris,” he said. “He can consistently bring the power on forehand, backhand, and serve out almost anybody when he gets hot.
“It is cool for us to have two Swiss in the semi-finals.”
Federer is the 3/10 favourite and you can back Wawrinka at 49/20.
Two US Open champions meet in the other semi-final as the reigning champion Marin Cilic takes on top seed Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic came through a tough four set match against 18th seed Feliciano Lopez while Cilic was pushed to five sets for the second round in a row as he threw away a 2-0 lead to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before eventually recovering to win the decider.
Djokovic has won all 13 previous meetings between the two players including a straight sets win at this year’s Wimbledon. The Serb is 1/9 to progress.
Williams faces straightforward task to reach women’s final
Serena Williams has endured a few tough matches over the last few Grand Slam events but having dispatched sister Venus in the last eight, the 22 time Grand Slam champion is likely to find things much easier in the semi-final.
Williams’ opponent is the unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci who took advantage of her opponent Kristina Mladenovic’s struggles with the searing heat to come through a three set match and reach her first ever Grand Slam semi-final.
The 32 year old has yet to face a seed in this year’s tournament and has been walloped by Williams in straight sets in their previous four meetings. This could be a one-sided affair and the top seed is just 1/20 to win.
It’s been a more competitive tournament in the bottom half of the women’s draw and for those of you who took our advice to back the experienced Flavia Pennetta in the last round, you were handsomely rewarded. The Italian has an excellent record at Flushing Meadow and reached her second US Open semi final by beating fifth seed Petra Kvitova.
Pennetta’s opponent is the second seed Simona Halep who benefited from a rain delay to see off former world number one Victoria Azarenka in three sets (the second seed said “Thank God for raining!” afterwards).
The Romanian goes into the semi-final as the favourite but Pennetta has reached the last eight at Flushing Meadow in six of her last seven appearances and could make life very difficult for the second seed. Halep is 3/10 with the Italian good value at 11/4.
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