Hewitt Can't Close the Deal...Djokovic Cruises Into Quarters 9/4/13
NEW YORK - Things couldn't have been easier for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
The top-seeded Williams dismantled Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the women's semifinals. Williams needed just 53 minutes to post a double-bagel, beating the 18th-seeded Navarro 6-love, 6-love. The five-time U.S. Open champ won 53 of 71 points and had 20 winners compared to just three for Navarro.
Next up for Williams is fifth-seed Li Na (lee nah), who beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
Second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) is through to the women's quarterfinals after outlasting No. 13 Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their weather-postponed fourth round match.
Over to the men's side, where Lleyton Hewitt's surprising run is over. The 32-year-old former champion was two points away from advancing to the Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 until 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny (YOOZ'-nee) took the final five games in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Hewitt.
Men's top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) won the last 13 games and cruised into the quarters with a 6-3, 6-love, 6-love victory over Spain's Marcel Granollers. Djokovic will take on Youzhny on Thursday.
Third seed and defending champ Andy Murray was tested before reaching the quarterfinals for the third straight year. Murray blew a 5-3 lead in a first-set tiebreaker before downing Denis Istomin (IHS'-toh-mihn) 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Murray's next opponent is No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka, who pulled off a mild upset by downing No. 5 Tomas Berdych (BUR'-dihch), 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.