(September 2, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Five-time champion Roger Federer has reached the US Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years beating Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in Tuesday’s night session.
The win boosted Federer’s record at the US Open to 71-9 tying him with Pete Sampras and Bill Tilden for fifth place in match wins at the tournament.
Just a year ago, the current No. 2 seed Federer fell to 17th seed Bautista Agut’s countryman Tommy Robredo at this stage.
Federer made a big effort to come to the net against the Spaniard.
“I’m happy I’m able to come forward now because coming to net requires a lot of agility and explosivity and all that stuff – and I have it back,” said Federer. “I’m happy I’m feeling good at net, too, because you’ve got to anticipate some and read some and it’s working really well. So I hope I can keep it up.”
“I was still pushing forward all along and trying to always keep a gap between him and me in terms of the result and the scoreline, the Swiss said. “I was very happy when the match was over, because like this I know. It’s done. Next time I play him I know what to expect. Not like today.”
Federer will play 20th seed Gael Monfils of France for a place in the semifinals. Federer who just defeated Monfils in Mason, Ohio last month, holds a 7-2 record against him.
“He’s a great mover,” said the Swiss. “He’s got a wonderful serve, really, which nobody really talks about because of his athletic movement which stands out so much, you know. His issues have really been just his fitness and his setbacks he’s had because of injury. Then sometimes, you know, maybe not wanting to play sometimes because of reasons only he can explain, you know. I think that’s where he’s been put back in the rankings, and because he’s back in the rankings he’s got tougher draws. From there it’s harder to win tournaments and so forth. It get that much harder. I think I can speak on behalf of so many players: We love watching him play. It’s nice seeing him do well again. He’s going to raise in the rankings now, and maybe that’s exactly the steppingstones he needs to make it back in the top 10.”
“He’s one of the most exciting and entertaining players out there,” Federer said, “so I think we can get ready for some good points…. some good retrieving by him, some attacking by me.”