Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 5

Saturday, August 30, 2014 /by

​Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll feature Anita Aguilar's photography, captioned by Steve Tignor. For more photo galleries, click here.

Gael Monfils, who hit a leaping 110-M.P.H. forehand, was in rare form on Friday...

...and he knew it.

After the match, Monfils went to work on his second job.

Grigor Dimitrov met little resistance in his quick win over Dudi Sela.

Dimitrov had all the angles covered.

Faces don’t come any fiercer than Sara Errani’s in her win over Venus Williams.

It was that kind of day for Venus, who had her chances.

There was drama on the women’s side all day, so naturally Alizé Cornet had to get involved.

Cornet did what she could...

...but she couldn’t quite catch Lucie Safarova.

Safarova won 6-4 in the third and was pleased to move on to the fourth round of her third straight Slam.

Dominic Thiem came back from two sets down to beat his training partner Ernests Gulbis in five.

Gulbis said he was nervous playing his friend, and that his nerves sapped some of his energy in the end.

Martin Klizan pushed Tomas Berdych to the brink...

...and had him scratching his hat.

But Berdych finally pushed back in the fifth.

"The best day of my life," Mirjana Lucic-Baroni said of her win over No. 2 Simona Halep. It’s been 17 years since the 32-year-old made her debut here.

"Good mood I did not have," said Simona Halep of how she was feeling in the third set of her loss to Lucic-Baroni.

Darth Federer returned Friday night. "Back in Black" played as he warmed up.

Federer was on point for most of his straight-sets win over Sam Groth.

But that didn't mean his camp wasn't concerned now and then.

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