Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 9

Wednesday, September 03, 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.

No one has played better than Shuai Peng so far: In her run to her first Grand Slam semi, she hasn’t lost more than four games in a set.

I’d say Belinda Bencic made a decent first impression at Flushing Meadows: The quarterfinals at age 17.

It didn’t seem to satisfy her, though.

It wasn’t this close for Belinda on Tuesday. She lost to Peng in a rout.

Venus and Serena Williams drew a crowd in Armstrong, as they will.

But it was Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina who walked off the winners.

Venus said good-bye to New York for another year; Serena still has work to do.

Who’s this mystery man in the neon shirt, rolling through the draw with ease? 

La Monf, of course. 

He hasn’t lost a set so far...

...and he says the atmosphere in New York makes him “happy.”

It’s quieter on the new side courts these days.

Yesterday CiCi Bellis (second from left) returned to the site of her main-draw triumph as just another junior doubles player.

“I am your new overlord...hey, where is everyone going?” Marin Cilic reached his second straight Grand Slam quarterfinal...

...and beat Gilles Simon for the first time in five tries.

Fernando Verdasco was still in the event as of Tuesday, but not for long. He and his doubles partner, David Marrero, lost to the Bryan brothers.

The Spaniards did have three fans in the crowd.

The Bryans had a few more.

Verdasco and Marrero made it close, but the Bryans won in three.

You can’t say the Bros don’t give back to their fans.

Cilic runs the autograph gauntlet.

Roger Federer was back in black in Ashe, where he beat Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets.

But was that fast enough for his coach, a stern-looking Stefan Edberg? It seems even Federer’s wife, Mirka, is prey for photograph hounds.

Bautista Agut was playing Federer for the first time, and in Ashe for the first time. He said he would just try to “play my normal game.” It wasn’t good enough.

Federer’s hair was in the same form as his game: In full flight.

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