Murray and Berdych through, Radwanska out

By
Updated: September 4, 2012

British third seed Murray, seeking his first Grand Slam title after four runner-up finishes, defeated Canadian 15th seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in a night match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 25-year-old Scotsman, who reached his eighth Grand Slam quarterfinal in a row, will play for a semifinal berth against Croatian 12th seed Marin Cilic, who beat Slovakian Martin Klizan 7-5, 6-4, 6-0.

Murray is 6-1 lifetime against Cilic but the only loss came in the fourth round of the 2009 US Open.

World No 1 Roger Federer reached his 34th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal on Monday without touching a racquet, due to the withdrawal of American Mardy Fish because of illness.

Federer has earned 38 career quarterfinal Grand Slam appearances, three shy of the Open-era record 41 achieved by American Jimmy Connors.

The 31-year-old Swiss star reached a last-eight matchup with Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who dispatched Spanish 11th seed Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-1. Berdych has lost 11 of 15 career meetings to top seed Federer.

In the ladies draw, three-time champion Serena Williams stormed to a double bagel 6-0, 6-0 rout of Czech Andrea Hlavackova to reach her 10th US Open quarterfinal.

Williams, a 14-time Grand Slam title winner and the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion, has dropped just 12 games in four matches at the Open this year.

Williams has now reached a 34th quarterfinal at a major and next faces 12th seed Ana Ivanovic.

The Serb reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in four years  and first ever at the US Open  when she defeated Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-4.

Ivanovic has never taken a set off Williams in her three defeats against the American. Two of those losses came at the US Open in 2006 and 2011.

Italian 10th seed Sara Errani, the French Open runner-up, made her first US Open quarterfinal with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over German sixth seed Angelique Kerber, a semifinalist in 2011.

Errani, 25, is enjoying the best year of her career with four singles titles and seven doubles trophies to her name.

Vinci, the 30th seed, saw off Polish second seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-4 to qualify for her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the age of 29 and at the 32nd attempt.

Todays action sees defending champion Sam Stosur with the task of ousting no. 1 seed Azarenka, while Maria Sharapova looks to continue her dominant form against Marion Bartoli.

Two former US Open champions, Del Potro and Roddick go head to head in what could be the Americans last match on tour as he is to retire after the Slam. David Ferrer should get through against Gasquet, Wawrinka takes on defending champion Djokovic while compatriot Tipsarevic will be hoping to overcome Kohlschreiber.

.