It was once again all to easy for second seed Roger Federer who breezed past Frenchman Richard Gasquet on day ten of the US Open, as the Swiss man clinched his place in the semi-finals.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Gasquet proved no match for the 17 time grand slam winner as Federer enjoyed a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-1 straight sets win to keep hopes of a sixth US Open title alive.
Federer will now face fellow Swiss man Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals as the fifth seed also enjoyed an easy day out as Kevin Anderson – who knocked out Andy Murray on Monday – was outclassed by the French Open champion.
Wawrinka raced into a two-set lead but there was to be no fight back from the South African was the Swiss man won six consecutive games in the third set to bag a comfortable 6-4 6-4 6-0 victory.
The 30-year-old will be hoping to win his second grand slam of the year but will face a tough test in compatriot Roger Federer, who is looking for his first grand slam title since Wimbledon 2012.
On the women’s side of things, second seed Simona Halep kept her dreams of a first grand slam title alive after the Romanian defeated Belarussian Viktoria Azarenka to reach the final four.
Azarenka fought back from a set down to take the match into a decider and it was a single break of serve in the seventh game that was enough for Halep to secure a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win and a place in the semi-finals.
Italian Flavia Pennetta stunned fifth seed Petra Kvitova as she fought back from a set down to send the Czech player crashing out of the tournament with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win to book her place in the semi-finals.
It is the second time the 33-year-old has reached the final four at Flushing Meadows having done so in 2013 and will be looking to go one better this time around with semi-final against Simona Halep to come.