9 Sep 2009

Nadal into quarter-finals in New York

4:11 pm on 9 September 2009

The third seed Rafael Nadal has beaten the Frenchman Gael Monfils to reach the quarter-finals at the US Tennis Open in New York.

Monfils took the first set 7-6 only to see Nadal take charge and win the next three 6-3 6-1 6-3 .

He'll play Chile's 11th seed Fernando Gonzalez, who ousted the French seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But the British second seed Andy Murray seldom lived up to his ranking and suffered a shock straight sets loss to the Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic, who'll play the sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.

Meanwhile a former champion Kim Clijsters served another big helping of feel good factor, reaching the women's semi-finals with an easy win over China's Li Na

However the Belgian wildcard will face the second Serena Williams after the American favourite ousted Italy's world number 10 Flavia Pennetta.