Azarenka and Ferrer through, rain keeps the rest waiting

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Updated: September 5, 2012

Spain’s David Ferrer reached his fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal of 2012 on Tuesday when he beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.

Ferrer, the top-ranked Spaniard in New York in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal, saw off 13th-seeded Frenchman Gasquet in two hours and 54 minutes of playing time, however with constant rain interruptions the match lasted more than 7 hours.

Fourth seed Ferrer will face either Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic or Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German 19th seed, for a place in the semifinals.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, the second seed, bids to reach the quarterfinals for the sixth straight year, and his 13th successive last-eight at a major, when he takes on Swiss 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

Djokovic has a 10-2 record against Wawrinka with the Swiss player not having defeated the world No 2 in six years.

The Serb, who is also the Australian Open champion, has only dropped 14 games in three rounds in New York this year.

Wawrinka is bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the second time, having made the last eight in 2010 where he was beaten by Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny.

The 27-year-old Swiss has lost 18 matches in a row against top 10 players.

Djokovic or Wawrinka will go on to face either 2009 champion Juan Martin Del Potro, the Argentine seventh seed, or 2003 winner Andy Roddick for a place in the final.

Del Potro, whose New York triumph in 2009 was the only time in the last 30 majors that either Djokovic, Federer or Nadal wasn’t champion – is trying to make the last eight for the first time since that win.

The big Argentine has won three of his four meetings with Roddick, but the American came out on top in their most recent clash, in the semifinals on hardcourt in Memphis in 2011.

Also in action today on the top half of the mens draw sees Andy Murray taking on Marin Cilic for a place in the semifinals, while Roger Federer takes on the in form Tomas Berdych.

In the ladies draw, world No 1 Victoria Azarenka advanced to the US Open semifinals for the first time while Russian third seed Maria Sharapova struggled before rain left her match postponed.

Reigning Australian Open champion Azarenka defeated seventh-seeded defending champion Samantha Stosur 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), while Sharapova was forced to stop, first by rain and then by US Open officials, who ordered the completion of her match pushed to Wednesday when showers struck for the third time with French 11th seed Marion Bartoli leading 4-0 in the first set.

Wednesday’s other quarterfinals will send US fourth seed Serena Williams, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, against Serbian 12th seed Ana Ivanovic and Italian 10th seed Sara Errani against 20th-seeded compatriot Roberta Vinci.