Highlights from Day 8 of the 2010 U.S. Open:
• (2) Roger Federer def. (13) Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
This put some bodies on seat edges, but not for too long. Polite claps to Melzer for maybe the most enthusiastic no-hope match point battle we've seen all year. Federer did need a little luck to get through this one, but through he is, and Robin Söderling awaits.
• (1) Caroline Wozniacki def. (14) Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4.
Today was the first day any U.S. Open opponent managed to win more than one game in a set against Wozniacki. Of course, she's had the advantage of a lofty draft position, but if her play against Sharapova is any indication, believe the hype: This girl is an absolute buzzsaw. Her next victim: Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova.
• (3) Novak Djokovic def. (19) Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.
Mardy Fish enjoyed a brief but storied run as America's best hope for an American U.S. Open champ. On the men's side, that hope now rests entirely with ... Sam Querrey? Wait, what? Djokovic hums on to Gael Monfils, in what may be the best personality match, by entertainment value, of the entire tournament.
• (17) Gael Monfils def. Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Two Frenchmen entered. One left. The gentleman left standing, happily, is one of our very favorites, and is to be savored as long as he lasts. (He's up against Djokovic next, so enjoy him while you can!)
• (31) Kaia Kanepi def. (15) Yanina Wickmayer, 0-6, 7-6, 6-1.
46 unforced errors for Kanepi, and she still gets to knock out the player whose name we most enjoy saying?! (Try it at home!) Kanepi will face Vera Zvonareva in the quarters. Thespis is cruel.
• Dominika Cibulkova def. (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Cibulkova will be the lone unseeded player in the women's quarterfinals. Her opponent, however, will be Wozniacki, so the length of her stay in the field is questionable.
• (7) Vera Zvonareva def. Andrea Petkovic, 6-1, 6-2.
Zvonareva will face Kaia Kanepi for the honor of losing horribly to Caroline Wozniacki in the semis.
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