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US Open: Federer overcomes Isner, Murray crashes out to Anderson

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Five time US Open Champion Roger Federer stayed en route for an 18 Grand Slam title, quelling the challenge of big serving American John Isner in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday. Isner, who came into the match without having dropped his serve all week, finally succumbed to the excellence of the former champion, going down in three competitive sets, 7-6 (0) 7-6 (6) 7-5.

It was a battle of the serves on Arthur Ashe Stadium as the opening couple of sets made their way into tiebreaks, and though both breakers were polar opposites of each other, the net result was that Federer won both. The third set appeared to be heading in the same direction until Federer finally ended Isner's resistance, breaking serve for the first time in the match in the final game to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Up next for Roger will be a familiar opponent in Richard Gasquet of France. The no.12 seed recovered from dropping the opening set to stun 6th seed Tomas Berdych in four lopsided sets, 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-1.

While Berdych's exit will go down as a minor upset, there was one major one in the men's draw too with third seed Andy Murray cashing out to giant South African Kevin Anderson. Given the 6 foot 8 inch Anderson's dependence on his big serve tiebreaks were always expected to play a key role in this contest, and it was the South African who largely played the big points better, winning in four sets, 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-7 (2) 7-6 (0).

Murray's exit in the fourth round means this is the first time in 5 years that he has failed to make it to the quarter-finals or better of a Grand Slam.

That also opens up the third quadrant of the draw for reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who has had many epic battles with Murray in the recent past. Wawrinka recovered from a second set blip to end the dream run of American Donald Young, 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4. He will now face Anderson in the quarterfinals.

Men's Singles - Round 4

Roger Federer d. John Isner 7-6 (0) 7-6 (6) 7-5

Kevin Anderson d. Andy Murray 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-7 (2) 7-6 (0)

Stan Wawrinka d. Donald Young 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4

Richard Gasquet d. Tomas Berdych 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-1