Roger Federer

So close, so far… Gael Monfils was ahead two sets to one, 5-4 in the fourth set with two match points on Federer’s serve. The Swiss saved both match points and then won five games in a row to take control of the match. Monfils gave up mentally and physically in the fifth set and Federer won 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals.

It was only the second time in his career that Roger Federer had rallied from match point down to win in a Grand Slam tournament.

Federer will face Marin Cilic on Saturday.

Federer

Federer

Federer

Federer

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Federer

Federer

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Mats Wilander

Enjoy the second edition of Break Point, our monthly roundup of the best tennis-related articles on the web:

– 7-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander turned 50 on August 22nd, learn more about his life as a tennis vagabond in this Men’s journal article.

– another veteran player, Pat Cash talks about life on the Seniors tour: A Week With Tennis Champions: Private Planes, Celebrities and Locker Room Gossip

– ever wondered what it’s like to be a ballboy at the US Open? Enjoy this Grantland post: I Tried Out to Be a US Open Ball Boy and Saw Dave Chappelle, and All I Got Were These Two Lousy T-Shirts.

– in May 1984, six of the world’s Top 10 were American, as were 24 of the Top 50. 30 years later, there are only 3 Americans in the top 50, with a chance at winning a Slam really close to 0. Can US Men’s Tennis Rise Again?

– the story of Irish player James McGee, who qualified for the main draw of the US Open for the first time of his career: James McGee rekindles fond memories of grinding out wins in Gabon as he aims for the bright lights. Also James great blog post on financing the tour.

why Wimbledon defeats the #USOpen game, set and match in the social media arena, by Tennis Buzz contributor Andreas Plastiras.

– and finally, Mauro’s article on how Stefan is transforming Federer into an “Edberg 2.0”

Photo credit: Margaret

Kei Nishikori

Second five-sets marathon in three days for Kei Nishikori who defeated Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 6-7 6-4 to become the first Japanese man in 81 years to make a Grand slam semi-final.

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori
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Roger Federer

A few pictures of Roger Federer and coach Stefan Edberg hitting together last Tuesday:

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Roger Federer
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Semi-finalist at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, finalist at Wimbledon, Eugenie’s Grand Slam season ended Monday after a 7-6 6-4 loss to Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round of the US Open.
Enjoy a few pictures of Genie Bouchard at practice.

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis