New York Treating the whipping wind and his familiar foe as only slight nuisances, 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer served his way to a convincing 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory over the fifth-seeded Robin Soderling in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Wednesday night.
Now Federer will meet third-seeded Novak Djokovic in the semifinals for the third U.S. Open in a row.
All of the day’s matches were filled with wind that gusted up to 30 mph, sending all sorts of debris rolling on the court like tumbleweeds, forcing points to be stopped and repeatedly making players catch their ball tosses.
About a half-dozen lets were called during top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-2, 7-5 victory over 45th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova in the last women’s quarterfinal.
“This felt like playing in a hurricane or something,” said Wozniacki, who is 19-1 since Wimbledon and has won her past 13 matches.
In Friday’s semifinals, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up will face 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva.
Baghdatis quits Davis Cup team
Nicosia, Cyprus — Marcos Baghdatis has decided to quit Cyprus’s Davis Cup team to concentrate on regaining his place in the top 10. The 25-year-old has carried the Cyprus team in Davis Cup competition for years.
NCAA reprimands Princeton
Princeton, N.J. — The NCAA has reprimanded and censured Princeton University for a major violation in its women’s tennis program.
The Div. I committee on infractions says the case centered on a Princeton alumnus who paid $33,000 in impermissible educational expenses for a student-athlete to attend the school.
Because of the limited nature of the case and the university’s efforts to uncover and report the violation, the NCAA imposed only minimal penalties on the school, among them vacating the student-athlete’s athletic records.
Haynesworth not leaving yet
Ashburn, Va. — Albert Haynesworth isn’t going anywhere, at least not for now.
Addressing the latest trade reports concerning the troublesome defensive tackle, coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday said Haynesworth would be a member of the Washington Redskins when they open the season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Bush mum on Heisman matter
Metairie, La. — Reggie Bush declined to go into any detail Wednesday on what he knows about the status of his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
“At this point, it’s kind of out of my hands,” Bush said Wednesday after practice with the New Orleans Saints.
Bush said he could not “confirm or deny” whether he has met with anyone from the Heisman Trophy Trust and deferred comment to the trust when asked about a Yahoo! report that said he could be stripped of the award by the end of the month.
Season-ticket sales decline again
New York — Third down has a new meaning in the NFL this season.
Season ticket sales declined for the third year in a row as teams struggle to get fans to the stadium in a weak economy.
Depending on the final numbers, season ticket sales will be down between 1 percent and 2 percent, according to Eric Grubman, the league’s executive vice president for business ventures.
Giants RB Jacobs storms off
East Rutherford, N.J. — New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs stormed off from an interview session with reporters after being questioned about his role.
Jacobs has been demoted to the No. 2 back behind Ahmad Bradshaw. He was asked about the team’s two-back system in 2008, when he and Derrick Ward shared carries and each ran for 1,000 yards.
Part of the question was did both backs forget their egos?
“You think I’m stupid, aren’t you? You guys are funny, man,” Jacobs said before he walked away, leaving the room with an expletive.
KR Smith signs with Dolphins
Davie, Fla. — Former Pro Bowl kick returner Clifton Smith has signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Smith, released Sunday by Tampa Bay, joined the Dolphins for Wednesday’s practice. He made the Pro Bowl with the Buccaneers as a rookie in 2008.
Georgia’s Green suspended
Athens, Ga. — Georgia star receiver A.J. Green was suspended by the NCAA for four games Wednesday for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone who qualifies as an agent.
Green sold his jersey from last season’s Independence Bowl. The junior, who sat out the season-opening 55-7 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, must miss three more games before regaining his eligibility, according to the ruling from the NCAA.
Ingram running, but still doubtful
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram has not returned to practice for No. 1 Alabama, and while Nick Saban said the injured running back is unlikely to play against No. 18 Penn State on Saturday, the coach isn’t necessarily counting his star out.
“If there is anybody in the world that can play without practicing, it’s probably Mark,” Saban said after Wednesday’s practice.
Basketball world championship
Serbia knocks off defending champ
Istanbul — Serbia knocked defending champ Spain out of the world championship Wednesday when Milos Teodosic made a long three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left for a 92-89 quarterfinal victory.
L.A.’s Torre delays decision
San Diego — Joe Torre says he’s waiting to announce whether he’ll return to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers next year.
Torre had previously said he would make the announcement around Labor Day. But he said before Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres he is not yet ready to divulge it.
Torre says he’ll let everyone know once the Dodgers clinch a playoff spot or are eliminated.
U.S. goalie Scurry retires
Boyds, Md. — Longtime U.S. national team goalkeeper Briana Scurry is retiring from soccer, she announced Wednesday.
The 39-year-old Scurry made 173 appearances for the U.S. team. She is most remembered the final save that clinched the penalty shootout against China in the 1999 World Cup final.