posted at 19:50
Author Name: Dave James
Wozniacki sends Sharapova out of US Open, Federer battles through
Roger Federer during his US Open match against Marcel Granollers in New York on August 31, 2014.New York - Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the US Open by Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday, leaving the women's draw with just two of its top eight seeds while Roger Federer made the most of heavy rain to make the last-16. Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova - the 2006 title winner in New York - was defeated by Danish 10th seed Wozniacki with the 2009 runner-up claiming a deserved 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 triumph on a steamy Arthur Ashe Stadium court to reach the quarter-finals. Federer, bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years, clinched his 70th win at the tournament on the back of 57 winners and 13 aces. Federer will face Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarter-finals after the 26-year-old Spaniard beat France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. Gilles Simon sent Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer crashing to his earliest US Open defeat in five years with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 third round win. Simon goes on to face Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, for a place in the quarter-finals in a clash of two men who both missed the 2013 tournament. Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012, beat Georgian-born Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and next plays Dominic Thiem of Austria, the youngest player in the top 50 at just 20. Thiem, who turns 21 on Wednesday, reached his first Grand Slam last-16 with an impressive 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over left-handed serve-and-volleyer Feliciano Lopez of Spain who is 12 years his senior.

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