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Youzhny beats Wawrinka in 5 sets in Open quarters

 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, returns a shot to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, during a quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Ne...
 Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, serves to to Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursd...
 Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York,...
 Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, reacts after a point against Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in ...
 Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, returns the ball to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York,...
 Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, in a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New Y...

US Open Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, returns a shot to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, during a quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Ne...

US Open Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, serves to to Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursd...

US Open Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York,...

US Open Tennis

Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, reacts after a point against Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in ...

US Open Tennis

Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, returns the ball to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, in a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York,...

US Open Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, in a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New Y...

Mikhail Youzhny beat 25th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to his second career U.S. Open semifinal.
On yet another windy day at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 12th-seeded Youzhny hit fewer aces and fewer winners, and needed treatment on his right foot in the fifth set, yet still managed to come back and beat Wawrinka of Switzerland in four hours.
Wawrinka led 1-0 and 2-1 in sets but couldn't hold the lead either time. Midway through the fourth, he had his left thigh taped and didn't move as well for the rest of the match.
"Maybe I was just a bit luckier than him," Youzhny said.
Youzhny made the semifinals at the U.S. Open in 2006 by beating Rafael Nadal. It could be Nadal he faces in the semifinals this time.
On Saturday, the 28-year-old Youzhny will play in his second career major semifinal against No. 1-seeded Nadal or No. 8 Fernando Verdasco, who were scheduled to play in the first all-Spanish quarterfinal in U.S. Open history later Thursday.
In the semifinal on the other half of the draw, No. 2 Roger Federer will face No. 3 Novak Djokovic. They won their quarterfinals Wednesday.
Four years ago, Russia's Youzhny was unseeded at the U.S. Open, but he knocked off four seeded players, including Nadal in the quarterfinals, before losing to Andy Roddick in the semis.
Wawrinka was only the second seeded player Youzhny has faced in the tournament this year; he beat No. 18 John Isner of the United States in the third round.
Nothing seemed to rattle Youzhny on Thursday. Wind made it tough to control strokes, and Wawrinka made 71 unforced errors, Youzhny 57. That helped Youzhny overcome Wawrinka's advantages in aces (13-2) and winners (48-35). Both men won 154 points.
Youzhny also never appeared to get rattled by all the noise going on near the court as Wawrinka was supported exuberantly by his entourage. On pretty much every significant point won by Wawrinka, the black-clad, sunglasses-wearing bunch in his guest box would stand up, applaud, yell and trade fist bumps. The celebrations were led from the front row by Wawrinka's coach, Peter Lundgren _ who used to work with Federer and helped him win his first Wimbledon championship.
Wawrinka never had been past the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament before this one. He is best known for being countryman Federer's doubles partner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where they won the gold medal.
Yet Wawrinka upset No. 4 Andy Murray, a two-time major finalist, in the third round, then followed that up by beating No. 20 Sam Querrey, the last American man in the field. But Wawrinka faded after seeking treatment for a bothersome left leg in the fourth set.
There were plenty of ebbs and flows of momentum, with neither player able to get on a prolonged roll until the end. Each of the first three times Youzhny broke Wawrinka _ seemingly wresting control of the first set, then the second _ he was broken right back in the very next game.
After Youzhny took the second-set tiebreaker with a cross-court forehand winner and a big inside-out forehand that forced a backhand error, he immediately fell behind 3-0 in the third set.
After Wawrinka claimed the third set, he immediately fell behind 3-0 in the fourth, then had a trainer tape up his left thigh during a changeover. Wawrinka began the match with a bandage on his right thigh, which began bothering him during the victory over Murray.
In the last game of the fourth set, Youzhny hit a well-disguised drop shot, and as Wawrinka went to chase it down, his left foot slid out from under him. Wawrinka fell and stayed down at the baseline, rolling on his back and covering his face with both arms. On the next point, Wawrinka missed a backhand and spiked his racket on the court.
Youzhny served out that set, then broke right away at the start of the fifth. But, in keeping with the pattern, Wawrinka broke back to 2-all, thrusting his racket overhead and shaking it vigorously after Youzhny sailed a backhand long.
Play was delayed for about five minutes after that game while a trainer worked on Youzhny's right foot. And when they resumed, Youzhny broke right back to go ahead 3-2. He broke again in the final game, with Wawrinka making errors on the last three points.


Updated : 2021-03-01 19:09 GMT+08:00