2009 runner-up Gael Monfils qualified for the semifinals after victories over Becker, Verdasco and Murray. He then beat Roger Federer in a three set thriller 7-6 6-7 7-6, and will meet Robin Soderling in final.

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

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Robin Soderling defeats Andy Roddick 7-5 6-4:

Roddick beat Soderling twice this year (in Indian Wells and Cincinnati) but this time he was completely outplayed by Soderling and was dominated in every area of the game. The Swede served better, returned better, his groundstrokes were more accurate and powerful.

Robin Soderling

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Upset of the day: Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Andy Murray
Wawrinka pulled out the biggest upset of this year’s US Open so far: he bounced 2008 US Open runner-up in 4 sets. Murray still can’t win when it really counts.

Match of the day: Sam Stosur defeats Elena Dementieva
Without a doubt one of the best matches of the tournament so far. They battled until 1:37 am, they both had match points, but in the end, the Australian prevailed 6-3 2-6 7-6.

Quote of the day: Tracy Austin about Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva:

I think they’re hitting harder than the guys in the first match.

US player of the day: Venus Williams
Venus beat 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and qualified for her 10th US Open quarterfinal (in 12 trips to Flushing Meadows). Her next opponent: 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Stat of the day: 1
There will be at least one spanish player in semifinals as only Spaniards remain in the top quarter of the men’s singles draw: Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco. Tommy Robredo and Albert Montanes also qualified for fourth round.

Pic of the day: Kim Clijsters
Just impressive: Kim won her 18th straight match at the US Open Sunday, defeating Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. Ivanovic never looked like a former number one and was completely outplayed.

Matches to follow on day 8
Fish vs Djokovic
Wozniacki vs Sharapova

Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva storm into fourth round.

– On the men’s side, Gilles Simon beat 29th seed Kohlschreiber in 5 sets and will meet world number one Rafael Nadal in the third round. Andy Murray, John Isner, Sam Querrey and David Nalbandian also advanced to round 3.

US player of the day: Ryan Harrison
He wasted 3 match points in the the fifth of his second round match against Stakhovsky, but for many experts, Harrison is hope for future of U.S. tennis.

Stat of the day: 9
For those who still think that Spanish players are only clay court specialists, 9 men players from Spain qualified for the third round: Nadal, Lopez, Ferrer, Gimeno-Traver, Verdasco, Almagro, Robredo, Montanes, Ferrero.

Player of the day: Venus Williams
With her 6-2 6-1 win over Mandy Minella, Venus reached the fourth round for the 12th time in 12 trips to Flushing Meadows. She won the tournament in 2000 and 2001 and was the runner-up in 1997 and 2002.

Matches to follow on day 6:
Paul-Henri Mathieu(FRA) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]
James Blake(USA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[11] vs. Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[23]

2010 US Open: day 3 recap

– Venus Williams, Elena Dementieva, Andy Murray and Sam Querrey advance to round 2.
Viktoria Azarenka collapsed during her second round match against Gisela Dulko and was forced to retire.

– Andy Roddick’s best days seem definitely over: he was beaten by Janko Tipsarevic in 4 sets in the second round. Tipsarevic also eliminated Roddick in the second round of Wimbledon in 2008, handing the American his earliest defeat ever at the All England Club. Roddick’s chances to win another Grand Slam one day? Close to zero.

– Another disappointing performance for Melanie Oudin, who was a surprising quarterfinalist last year. She lost to Alona Bondarenko in the second round. Too much pressure for the young american?

Upset of the day: Michael Llodra defeats Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

Seeds upsets: Azarenka (10), Bartoli (13), Jie Zheng (21), Pironkova (32), Berdych (7), Ljubicic (15)

US player of the day: Ryan Harrison
18 years old Harrison made his US Open debut in style, as he beat veteran Ljubicic in 4 sets. He could be the next big thing in American men’s tennis.