Author: Sophie Taylor

US Open shines light on WTA future stars

WHEN it comes to the WTA Tour, there is no doubt that youngsters are on their way up with plenty of developing talent showcasing their wares throughout the season so far. An all teenage grand slam final was seen for the first time since 1999 as Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu and Canada’s Leylah Fernandez faced off for the US Open title, so we take a look at how the WTA Tour’s young guns fared at the last grand slam of the 2021 calendar year.

Emma Raducanu

It is hard to skip past the incredible run of the 2021 US Open champion, with 18-year-old Raducanu showcasing just what she is capable of. Everyone seems to know the talented teen’s run to the final by now, but lets quickly skim through her US Open journey: firstly, the qualifiers – Raducanu overcame all three of her qualifying opposition, with her higher ranking and straight sets victories in the first two qualifying matches seeing her come into the third round against fourth seeded Mayar Sherif with plenty of confidence. Another straight sets win saw Raducanu head into the main draw, disposing of another qualifier in the process, before facing a string of top 50 players – #49 Zhang Shuai, who saw no change to her ranking following the event, then #41 Sara Sorribes Tormo (now #37) and then #43 Shelby Rogers (now #46). Raducanu then disposed of two seeds in Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari to reach the final, overcoming an old foe in Fernandez to earn the crown.

Leylah Fernandez

While Raducanu claimed the title, Fernandez had an even more star-studded lineup than the eventual winner making her US Open journey that much more intriguing. A guaranteed entry prior to the event due to her ranking, Fernandez entered with nothing to lose and everything to gain. A first round qualifier was easy pickings for the Canadian, denying Ana Konjuh a chance at proceeding, before surviving a tight second round clash with unseeded Kaia Kanepi. It was her third round that really got people talking though, losing the first set to Naomi Osaka before taking charge and overcoming the 2020 champion in outstanding form, before defeating three more seeds – and two top fives in Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina – to reach the final, all in three sets. While her luck and endurance seemingly ran out in the final, there is no doubting Fernandez’s run to the final was just as – if not more – impressive as Raducanu’s breakout weeks on tour.

Coco Gauff

The third teen in the event was Gauff, with it hard to believe that she is the youngest of the trio so far, having been a main fixture on the tour for a number of years now. Still only 17-years-old and remarkably consistent despite her age, Gauff sits at a career high world number 19 and is still the youngest player within the top 330 worldwide. Gauff has moved up from world number 23 prior to the US Open, and despite only making it to the second round – falling to compatriot and former champion Sloane Stephens – showcased yet again just what she is capable of when she and doubles partner Caty McNally made it all the way to the US Open doubles final. While Gauff and McNally were ultimately unsuccessful against veterans Sam Stosur and Zhang, the future is looking bright.

Of the remaining teen talents participating at the US Open, two made it to the second round before falling, with 19-year-old Clara Tauson disposing of 20-year-old Clara Burel in the first round before drawing world number one Ash Barty in the second round, while 19-year-old Colombian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano faced down Ons Jabeur in the second round and barely made a dint against the 20th seed Tunisian. A 19-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk did not make it further than the first round of the singles draw, but made it to the doubles Round of 16 in a solid feat.

In the US Open junior girls event, it was 17-year-old American Robin Montgomery who claimed the crown, defeating 17-year-old Belarusian Kristina Dmitruk 6-2 6-4. The left-hander was seeded seventh at the event with Dmitruk seeded sixth, with both stepping up to higher ITF junior rankings in the process. Montgomery became the sixth American junior girls US Open champion and also clinched the doubles title alongside compatriot Ashlyn Krueger.

 

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Young gun focus: Jenson Brooksby

WHEN it comes to developing talent, the United States has no shortage of great young stars coming through the ranks. We take a look at the likes of American world number 81 Jenson Brooksby, who has taken the lower ATP Tour events by storm in 2021.

Based in Sacramento, California, 20-year-old Brooksby has had a breakout year on tour, despite earning his official maiden tour-level win all the way back in 2019. But despite plenty of potential, the then 18-year-old would not return to the ATP Tour until 2021, missing the season due to a toe injury and the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic may have hit hard for many, for Brooksby it seemed to be exactly what he needed to hit the ground running in 2021.

It has been an impressive year for the 20-year-old, making his ATP Tour level season debut in Miami back in May but falling in the qualifiers before returning to the Challenger events for a few months, earning two titles – in Tallahassee and Orlando – to add to his Potchefstroom 2 title back in February and gaining some valuable confidence, earning a qualifying bout at the Roland Garros but falling at the Round of 128 hurdle to Aslan Karatsev.

He then made his official grass debut at the ATP 250 tournament in Newport and took the event by storm, defeating players far his senior – and far higher ranked, too – to book a spot in the final against then world 113 Kevin Anderson who has since levelled up to world number 68. Despite losing that clash in front of an excited and intrigued home crowd, an ATP 500 berth in Washington saw Brooksby once again step up to the task, this time defeating Anderson in the opening round before taking out experienced compatriot Frances Tiafoe and another talented youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime all in straight sets.

It was here that Brooksby proved he could not be underestimated, coming back again and again from hereon out and eventually earning a guaranteed entry at the US Open. But the young American was unfortunate to sit within the Novak Djokovic quarter of the draw, taking on the world number one during the fourth round. While Brooksby was able to steal the first set away from the champion Serbian and eventual runner up, he ran out of legs after playing 13 sets in the space of a few days, unable to contain his energy as he went down 6-1 3-6 2-6 2-6.

Throughout 2021, Brooksby holds an 11-5 record on the ATP Tour, winning 70 per cent of his first serve points on average and looking to improve his service rate with 45 aces to his 22 double faults. Brooksby has saved just over half (58 per cent) of his 103 break points faced, again with room to improve, and looking to develop his return rating winning just 27 per cent of his 208 return games for the season.

The 20-year-old American now sits at a career-high world number 81 following the US Open, with an impressive rise from as high as world number 310 on January 4, 2021. Not only that, but with a bit more development in him at the ATP level and less on the Challenger Tour, Brooksby will become even more of a threat, with his ability to consistently shock players and play above his level sure to pay off. Watch out for the 20-year-old, who turns 21 in October, because he is another young American chomping at the bit to get to that next level and will not stop until he gets there.

 

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ATP Tour wrap: Auger-Aliassime makes history, takes on Medvedev in US Open semi

THE first 2021 US Open semi-final has been decided, with second seed Daniil Medvedev and 12th ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime set to go head-to-head following quarter final victories. While Medvedev was forced to go to a tight fourth set, Auger-Aliassime enters his first grand slam semi off the back of an unfortunate mid-match retirement from a talented teen.

Dutch talent Botic Van de Zandschulp was the only remaining qualifier left in the draw having overcome some tough foes, but defeating Medvedev was just one step too far with the Russian unreachable for much of their quarter final encounter. To his credit, Van de Zandschulp was able to steal one set off the world number two, going down in four 6-3 6-0 4-6 7-5 but putting in the hard yards to challenge Medvedev throughout the two hour and 23-minute clash. Medvedev credited Van de Zandschulp for his workrate, telling crowds in his post-match on-court interview that “it became a lot tougher”.

“First two sets he was missing and I was controlling the game,” Medevedev said. “But then he started missing less and hit with more power and played more aggressively. The break point he won he hit a forehand winner, so it became a lot tougher for me.

“I am happy with my game in the fourth set because on my first serve, I only lost two points and I always felt under pressure. Then at 6-5 he got a little bit tight, and I managed to do it without the tie-break, which is helpful.”

The Russian dictated all proceedings, firing 13 aces to contribute to his 26 overall winners and winning a solid 83 per cent of his first serve points off a 66 per cent clip. He backed up well on his second serve, winning 56 per cent of points to lead Van de Zanschulp in majority of the statistics. Making things tougher for the Dutch qualifier was his own unforced error count, registering 35 unforced errors to Medvedev’s 24.

“Botic played so many tough matches and today he was able to still come back and in the fourth set, anything could have happened,” Medvedev said. “It was an amazing level from him and if he continues to play like this he is going to be Top 50 minimum.”

“In 2019 was my first slam breakthrough, so already New York is in my heart, especially with the final against Rafael [Nadal],” Medvedev said. “Then last year, I still reached the semi-finals, losing to Dominic [Thiem] who played amazingly. I just want to do a little bit better than the last two times and get over this last little step, which is the toughest one.”

In a battle between two talented youngsters, it was the more experience 12th seed in Auger-Aliassime that earned a quick ride to the semi-finals, with a default victory off the back of a Carlos Alcaraz retirement midway through the second set. With the 6-3 3-1 victory, Auger-Aliassime became the youngest male to reach the last four at the US Open since 2009, with a much more impressive national record now in his pocket – the first Canadian man to make the semi-finals in the tournament’s history (since 1981).

“It’s an amazing milestone. It’s been a fantastic tournament for me. Of course it was a weird ending today.  But in the end, I’m through,” Auger-Aliassime said post-match. “I’ll have a chance to play on Friday against one of the best players in the world right now to have a chance to be in my first Grand Slam final. It’s amazing, I’m happy I’m through and I’ll try to win the next one.”

Throughout the short 68-minute clash, Auger-Aliassime fired off eight aces and 15 winners, winning 79 per cent of his first serve points in the process. Both Auger-Aliassime and Alcaraz registered 16 unforced errors apiece during that short time, with the Canadian winning two break points to the Spaniard’s zero. The mid-match retirement came as a surprise for Auger-Aliassime, who said post-match that he was unaware of any issue Alcaraz was carrying.

“No, I didn’t [know anything was wrong] until he called the physio. I don’t know what happened, clearly, but it’s unfortunate. I didn’t see it coming. He’s such a good player. You guys were amazing again tonight,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I thought we were putting on a good show.”

 

US OPEN QUARTER FINALS RESULTS:

[2] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) defeated Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED) 6-3 6-0 4-6 7-5
[12] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) defeated Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6-3 3-1 RET

 

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WTA Tour wrap: Teen Fernandez to take on Sabalenka in US Open semi-finals

THE first two US Open semi-finalists have been decided, with two huge quarter final clashes proving that no results are a given at this stage of the competition. While second seed Aryna Sabalenka ultimately coasted through to her second grand slam semi final, it was a completely different story in the opening match of the day for teen Leylah Fernandez, as the fresh 19-year-old staved off of a comeback to clinch a three set victory.

It was a huge upset off the hand of Fernandez that set tongues wagging, defying fifth seed Elina Svitolina and clinching an impressive 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) victory. While the talented teen came out flying, Svitolina has been in excellent form of late and proved she would not go down with out a fight, biting back in the second to clinch the set and force a decider. But one again it was Fernandez who came out strong, firing up to lead 5-2 and just inches away from a semi-final berth. Svitolina’s experience and hunt came to the fore though, hauling her way back into the match to level at 5-5 despite being just two points away (30-30) from defeat throughout each game.

It was the teen who steadied as the deciding tiebreak rolled around, building off an excited crowd and edging her way ahead to take out the two hour and 24-minute match in remarkable fashion. While Svitolina fired off eight aces, winning 72 per cent of her first serve points off a 65 per cent clip, she was shaky off her second serve which Fernandez latched onto, firing winners as Svitolina’s serving energy drained. Fernandez actually won two less points overall throughout the clash but made her little wins count, hitting 42 winners to Svitolina’s 32 and forcing errors from the Ukrainian.

“Today’s match was definitely one of the hardest, not only tennis-wise but also mentally and emotionally,” Fernandez said post-match. “Svitolina is a great player, great fighter. I was glad I was able to fight in the first set. In the second set she upped her level and I unfortunately made a few mistakes on key moments.

“I’m glad I was able to recuperate for the third set. The tiebreak, too. A little bit lucky at 5-5, but I’ll take all the luck I can get. I was glad I was able to push through the finish line.”

“For today and this match, I was only thinking of trusting myself, trusting my game,” Fernandez said. “After every point, win or lose, I would always tell myself, trust my game, go for my shots, just see where the ball goes.”

Fernandez has broken a couple of impressive hoodoos with this win, on an individual level winning her first tour-level third set tiebreak and on the greater stage, becoming the youngest US Open semi-finalist since 18-year-old Maria Sharapova in 2005 – a title she could hold if fellow youngster Emma Raducanu does not make it through to the semis following her quarter final tomorrow. Fernandez is also just the third Canadian to make the semi finals at the US Open, following in the footsteps of Carling Bassett-Seguso (1984) and Bianca Andreescu (2019), with the latter crowned eventual champion.

Sabalenka was convincing in a straight sets win over eighth seed and 2021 Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova, downing the Czech talent 6-1 6-4 in a tick under 90 minutes. With more winners (22-14) and less unforced errors (23-29), Sabalenka rarely looked like losing as she sped through an impressive first set, staving off any chance of a comeback off the racket of Krejcikova.

“It means a lot. I love to be in New York, and the US Open is one of my favorite Slams,” Sabalenka said. “I watched her matches and saw that she is playing really well. She’s really consistent this year. I tried to focus on myself and tried to put as many balls back in play as I could. I think it worked really well today.”

The Czech was shaky on serve, with just a 38 per cent success rate off her first serve and only winning 57 per cent of those points, while Sabalenka was never in doubt on serve winning 76 per cent of points off her first serve off a 57 per cent clip. The Belarusian also won over half of Krejcikova’s serve points and only faced four break points throughout the clash, losing just one.

US OPEN QUARTER FINALS RESULTS:

[2] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) defeated [8] Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 6-1 6-4
Leylah Fernandez (CAN) defeated [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-3 3-6 7-6

 

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ATP Tour wrap: Upsets continue ahead of US Open second week

A COUPLE of seeds fell in intriguing circumstances to finish off the first week of 2021 US Open action, as three five-set battles played out to complete the third round.

Of the few upsets, a victory to wildcard Jenson Brooksby took the cake as the American downed 21st seed Aslan Karatsev in five sets, 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-3. Brooksby fired from the opening game as he sped through the first set before his Russian opponent pulled one back, and then the next as the odds turned in his favour. But the in-form 20-year-old American was backed by a home crowd and built off that support to clinch a huge victory in three hours and 50 minutes, hitting just 22 winners but forcing Karatsev into all sorts of issues as the Russian led the unforced error count 6-1 36.

“Today was a battle obviously. I don’t know how long it was, but I thought I started out solid. Good first set. Still a couple things I could have done better,” Brooksby said post-match. “I just lost the mental energy way too much in the second set and third set. “That’s not really easy to come back from, but I just told myself to keep staying in the present moment, keep breathing, keep staying positive, focus on what I’m working on out there. That showed in being able to turn it around today.”

“The crowd played a big role, definitely. Them chanting, cheering me on, it gave me a lot of energy to come back down [from] two sets to one. It was a rough couple sets,” Brooksby said. “Whether it was just my group, even friends I had here, the whole crowd in general with the full stadium, it was great to see them behind me. I really enjoyed that.”

Lloyd Harris also created a stir with his straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-4 swipe of Canadian seventh seed Denis Shapovalov, earning the two hour and 12-minute victory credit to a 75 per cent win rate off a 72 per cent clip coupled with 27 winners and just 23 unforced errors to Shapovalov’s 40. Meanwhile, qualifier Oscar Otte fights another day following a 6-3 6-4 2-6 7-5 victory over Italian Andreas Seppi, firing off 15 aces on his way to a maiden fourth round berth.

All of the day’s remaining seeds found wins, with a couple of Italians in sixth seed Matteo Berrettini and 13th seed Jannik Sinner both claiming five set victories. A tight first set loss to Ilya Ivashka saw Berrettini fight to regain control, taking out the second and third sets before Ivashka bit back in the fourth to take the match to a decider. But winning experience won out, as the Italian seed completed the 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3 with 27 aces to his name and a win rate of 84 per cent off his first serve. Comparatively, Sinner fought off a third and fourth set surge from 17th seed Gael Monfils, losing a 4-0 lead in the fourth before coming back to win the fifth. The 20-year-old earned his way through to the fourth round here for the first time with the eventual 7-6(1) 6-2 4-6 4-6 6-4 result.

“The atmosphere is insane so thank you to everyone for coming out today,” Sinner said post-match. “When this atmosphere is here, Monfils plays incredible tennis. I had chances in the third set and fourth set and I didn’t manage to close it out. But I managed to stay there and I am very happy about the match today.”

“I like playing best of five,” he said. “Maybe it is better if I can close it out a little bit earlier, but it is a great feeling. You have some tough moments and you have to get through them. Then in the important moments, you have to play your best tennis, which I have done.”

Sinner fought through Monfils’ 61 winners (21 aces) but had a whopping 30 less unforced errors 48-78 and capitalised more off his second serve, winning 55 per cent of points compared to Monfils’ 37 per cent off a similar second serve count.

The remaining three matches all saw fairly comprehensive and predictable victories, as Novak Djokovic took down Kei Nishikori for the 17th consecutive time despite dropping the first set, while Alexander Zverev earned a speedier result than expected thanks to a fourth set retirement from American Jack Sock. 22nd seed Reilly Opelka was much more fortunate than Sock and joined Brooksby on the winners list following a three-set victory over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6(5) 6-3 6-4.

US OPEN ROUND OF 32 RESULTS: 

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-2
[4] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated Jack Sock (USA) 3-6 6-2 6-3 2-1
[6] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6-7 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3
Lloyd Harris (RSA) defeated [7] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-4 6-4 6-4
[13] Jannik Sinner (ITA) defeated [17] Gael Monfils (FRA) 7-6 6-2 4-6 4-6 6-4
Jenson Brooksby (USA) defeated [21] Aslan Karatsev (RUS) 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-3
[22] Reilly Opelka (USA) defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 7-6 6-3 6-4
Oscar Otte (GER) defeated Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3 6-4 2-6 7-5

 

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WTA Tour wrap: Barty falls in thriller as Raducanu joins teen brigade in second week

A HUGE Saturday of US Open women’s action saw upsets aplenty as the third round was completed, creating some intriguing matches to come.

The biggest upset of the day was arguably the three set epic between number one seed Ash Barty and American Shelby Rogers, who built off a huge home crowd to claim a come from behind victory. While Rogers took out the first set with relative ease, Barty fought back to well and truly steal momentum away in the second and looked the goods leading 5-2 in the third before the crowd rallied behind Rogers to steal away a huge 6-1 1-6 7-6(5) result.

“I think tonight going on the court I told myself I didn’t want to lose the same way I lost the last five times against her,” Rogers said. “I just tried to do things a little bit differently. In the first set I mixed in some high balls, I was super patient with her slice because she’s not going to miss one very often. I know that very well.”

“In the second and third, she definitely raised her level, as she does,” Rogers said. “I mean, she’s the No.1 player in the world for a reason. But I started wanting to hit the ball a little bit harder, find some winners if I could. That’s the tennis I like to play. That’s what she wants me to do. She wants to redirect and finesse me around the court, wait for me to miss.”

While Barty fired off 37 winners, she was undone by her 39 unforced errors and, especially late in the clash, struggled on serve with faults forcing her to rely on her second serve. Rogers also hit less winners than unforced errors, but the real difference came with just 20 unforced errors in comparison as she built throughout the clash.

“I think there are a few things tonight I’m happy to accept,” Barty said. “There are some things I’m disappointed in, without a doubt. In the end, I just didn’t quite have enough in the tank. I’ve left everything out on the court this year. It was no different tonight. I just didn’t quite have enough to get over the line, which is disappointing but we move on. I sleep well tonight knowing I gave everything I could; it just wasn’t quite enough.”

The other big oust of the day saw Emma Raducanu join the drove of 18-year-olds entering the second week, as the British teen disposed of in-form Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo in just one hour and 10 minutes, 6-0 6-1. Raducanu fired 23 winners and won 79 per cent of her first serve points throughout, efficiently and effectively navigating her way to victory and only dropping the single game 6-0 5-0 up in the second.

“I knew that Sara was an extremely difficult opponent, she’s going to make a lot of balls and not make many mistakes at all,” Raducanu said. “I knew I had to hit through her. I had to work so hard for every single point. Despite the score, there were a lot of deuce games that could have gone either way. I’m just really, really happy to be able to come through that.”

“Honestly, I think with the amount of matches I have played and the experience that I have accumulated in the last four, five weeks, my game is just getting better with each match.”

Meanwhile, the day’s six remaining seeds had little issue, with only seventh seeded Pole Iga Swiatek facing a third set to make it to the fourth round as 17th seed Maria Sakkari upset 10th seeded Czech Petra Kvitova. Swiatek required two hours and 17 minutes to claim a win over Estonian Anett Kontaveit, as the 28th seed pulled back the second set to take some control before the 20-year-old commanded the 6-3 4-6 6-3 win. She earned her first fourth round berth at the US Open in the process, something that the Pole says shows she is on the right path.

“That’s my first time in the fourth round of US Open, I’m pretty proud of that,” Swiatek said post-match. “We did a great job. Being in fourth round of all the Grand Slams this year, it shows that really I am going the right path.

“The match was exciting, was kind of stressful, really physical, because we had games when we had so many ad [points], so long, that I could feel that I’m getting more and more tired. But I knew that I’m well-prepared. I’m pretty happy actually I could for the first time show the tennis that I was playing on practices, that I was working on.”

“I’m trying to solve problems,” Swiatek added. “Sometimes like during a match against Fiona Ferro, when all the emotions come in, it’s pretty hard to see everything clearly. I’m glad that today I was in a different mindset and my head was more clear because I could actually solve problems. I think that was the reason I won that match.”

Sakkari, on the other hand, levelled her head-to-head with Kvitova to three-all with a 6-4 6-3 victory, and turned the tides following two recent losses to the Czech lefty. Sakkari only made 16 unforced errors to Kvitova’s 34, winning 89 per cent of her first serve points and backing up well on her second where required winning 83 per cent. Sakkari will take on 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the fourth round, after the Canadian came away with an excellent 6-1 6-2 victory over Belgian Greet Minnen. Andreescu made short work of Minnen, continuing her run on the New York hard courts, which she has technically never faced a main draw US Open loss on after withdrawing from the 2020 event. Andreescu only leaked 11 unforced errors, controlling proceedings throughout to clinch the win in just 67 minutes. The 21-year-old said she is looking forward to a huge clash with Sakkari.

“She’s very powerful,” Andreescu said. “She serves very well. She moves well. She’s a fighter. But I’m also all those things, so it’s going to be good. I’m pumped.”

Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova and 11th seed Belinda Bencic joined the winners list with respective 71 and 74-minute victories, as the in-form Czech in Pliskova disposed of another Australian in Ajla Tomljanovic, and Swiss talent Bencic sped past 23rd seeded American, Jessica Pegula. 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova overcame compatriot Varvara Grachevain straight sets to complete the day’s results.

US OPEN ROUND OF 32 RESULTS: 

Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated [1] Ash Barty (AUS) 6-2 1-6 7-6
[4] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3 6-2
[6] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) defeated Greet Minnen (BEL) 6-1 6-2
[7] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated [28] Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-3 4-6 6-3
[17] Maria Sakkari (GRE) defeated [10] Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-4 6-3
[11] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated [23] Jessica Pegula (USA) 6-2 6-4
[14] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-1 6-4
Emma Raducanu (GBR) defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6-0 6-1

 

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WTA Tour wrap: Andreescu and Barty continue strong form

IT was a fairly comprehensive day for the US Open’s top seeds, as the Round of 64 came to a close with some intriguing results coming to light. Not only that, but yesterday’s delayed matchup was completed with 16th seed Angelique Kerber earning her third round berth, albeit a day later than expected.

It was a mostly successful day for the top talent as world number one Ash Barty continued her form as Karolina Pliskova and Iga Swiatek overcame deficits to claim wins in three sets. 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu and another grand slam champion in Petra Kvitova both also claimed second round wins in straight sets, with Andreescu one of the last results of the day and proving it was worth the wait, cleaning up American Lauren Davis 6-4 6-4.

“This match wasn’t easy at all,” Andreescu said on court. “There were a lot of close games. “There was just a point here and there that counted.

“I’m feeling very good out there. I think as the matches are progressing, I’m starting to feel my tennis more and more. “I haven’t had easy matches. “Even today I know was straight sets, but the games were very tight.

“What I’m very happy about mostly is my serving because I’ve been working a lot on that. “Also my movement on the court, I’ve been putting a lot of work in the gym and it’s really paying off.”

Barty fended off Danish teen Clara Tauson to earn her third round berth, overcoming Tauson’s second set fight back to claim an eventual 6-1 7-5 victory. The Australian fired off 11 aces for 33 winners and 26 unforced errors, winning a classy 80 per cent of points off her first serve in the process.

“Today was tricky, I think, to navigate through that second set and just trust myself and hit out,” Barty said. “Being able to respond straightaway was a big part of that match.”

“Just refocusing, and narrowing my focus, and remembering what I needed to do to win the match as opposed to getting flat and passive, where I was letting her control a little bit too much.”

Barty will face Shelby Rogers in the Round of 32 for the fifth time this season, after the American rallied from 1-4 down in the first to overcome Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5 6-2. Barty has won all four of their 2021 meetings, paving the way for an intriguing clash here. Elsewhere, Pliskova had it slightly tougher, firing off a whopping 24 aces against Amanda Anisimova but requiring two hours and 21 minutes to take down the American 75 6-7(5) 7-6(9). Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna managed to force a first set tiebreaker against Kvitova, but ultimately went down to the fellow left-handed Czech and 10th seed. Meanwhile, Swiatek overcame a shaky start to claim a 3-6 7-6(3) 6-0 victory over Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro, cleaning up her act throughout to finish with 37 winners to 35 unforced errors overall.

“It was a tough match,” Swiatek said. “I think I didn’t start it properly, because I felt like I couldn’t properly feel my legs. “But it’s not the first time, so I’m trying to work on that. “In the second set, I loosened up a little bit, kind of changed tactics.”

Just two seeds fell on day four of action as Russian Varvara Gracheva overcame 24th seed Paula Badosa and Australian Ajla Tomljanovic downed Croatian Petra Martic, with Gracheva equaling her prior 2020 best at the event by making it to the third round, and Tomljanovic going one better than her four-time personal best (Round of 64). The day’s remaining five seeds had little issue though, as Belinda BencicMaria Sakkari, Jessica Pegula and Anett Kontaveit all went through in straight sets, as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rounded out the group with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory over Anna Schmiedlova.

Eighteen-year-old Emma Raducanu is the youngest player remaining in the draw following Tauson’s and Coco Gauff‘s loss yesterday, disposing of Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4. The talented teen hails from Great Britain and is yet to drop a set here after coming through qualifying, joining fellow 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez in the third round. Sara Sorribes Tormo and Greet Minnen round out the day’s list of winners, both claiming straight set victories to head into the Round of 32.

US OPEN ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Clara Tauson (DEN) 6-1 7-5
[4] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Amanda Anisimova (USA) 7-5 6-7 7-6
[6] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) defeated Lauren Davis (USA) 6-4 6-4
[7] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated Fiona Ferro (FRA) 3-6 7-6 6-0
[10] Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 7-6 6-2
[11] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Martina Trevisan (ITA) 6-3 6-1
[14] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-2 5-7 6-2
[16] Angelique Kerber (GER) defeated Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 6-3 6-2
[17] Maria Sakkari (GRE) defeated Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-4 6-2
[23] Jessica Pegula (USA) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-3 6-2
Varvara Gracheva (RUS) defeated [24] Paula Badosa (ESP) 6-4 6-4
[28] Anett Kontaveit (EST) defeated Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-4 6-1
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) defeated [30] Petra Martic (CRO) 7-6 6-4
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) defeated Hsieh Su-wei (TPE) 6-1 6-3
Emma Raducanu (GBR) defeated Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-2 6-4
Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 7-5 6-2
Greet Minnen (BEL) defeated Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) 6-4 6-4

 

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ATP Tour wrap: Djokovic and Zverev unscathed as Italians star in second round

THE US Open second round is done and dusted, with a couple more seeds falling as the top seeds came away mostly unscathed.

It was another good day for Italians with seeds Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner both winning their respective matches in four sets, as Andreas Seppi joined the party with an upset of 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz. For Berrettini, it was a fairly straightforward match as he overcame a second set burst from Frenchman Corentin Moutet to claim a 7-6(2) 4-6 6-4 6-3 result, while Sinner overcame a tough effort from up-and-coming American wildcard Zachary Svajda to post a 6-3 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-4 victory. While Seppi dropped the first set to a fast starting Hurkacz, it did not take the Italian long to exert some control on the clash as he forced the Pole into uncomfortable positions to eventually win 2-6 6-4 6-4 7-6(6), weather a tight final set tiebreaker to take out the victory. While Hurkacz fired off 27 aces for 45 winners, he also racked up 47 unforced errors as Seppi’s cleanliness and win rate on serve reigned supreme. Unfortunately, Lorenzo Musetti could not make it a clean sweep against 22nd seed Reilly Opelka, with the American firing off 31 aces and 61 winners to complete the result in three sets, 7-6(1) 7-5 6-4.

First and fourth seeds Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev both starred throughout their respective three set clashes, with Djokovic outclassing Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-2 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes. The Serbian world number one won 80 per cent of points off his first serve, and hit 13 aces to claim the victory, while Zverev raced past Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in just 74 minutes. The German fourth seed starred on serve, winning a huge 93 per cent of points off an 81 per cent clip and keeping Ramos-Vinolas to just 10 winners as he sped through the 6-1 6-0 6-3 result.

“My serve is kind of the key to my game,” Zverev said. “When it’s working I’m playing great. When it’s not, I’m losing matches like I did at Wimbledon… It’s no secret that my serve is probably the most important shot in my game, and I’m happy with how it’s working… The matches are not going to get easier and I will need that to be my weapon.

”I think it was always a problem of mine in the beginning of my career that I always spent a lot of hours, a lot of time in the beginning of Grand Slam tournaments. So it’s nice to have kind of two matches… winning [them] in straight sets.”

Of the remaining four seeds competing on the fourth day, the battle between seventh seed Denis Shapovalov and Roberto Carballes Baena looked to be a tough one before the Canadian seed outclassed the Spaniard 7-6(7) 6-3 6-0, as 17th seed Gael Monfils and 21st seed Aslan Karatsev earned third round berths and 31st seeded Kazakh Alexander Bublik joined Hurkacz on the sidelines following a five-set loss to American Jack Sock. Karatsev was forced to work for his ride into the Round of 32, fighting from two sets down to claim a 3-6 3-6 7-5 7-6(9) 6-1 victory over Australian Jordan Thompson. The Russian had to fight back from two match points to claim the win in four hours and 44 minutes, with the fourth set tiebreaker requiring 18 minutes of hard-fought effort before the Russian closed out the narrow set win and eventual victory. Sock also required five sets to overcome his opposition in Bublik, outclassing the Kazakh 31st seed 7-6(3) 6-7(2) 6-4 4-6 6-3 in three hours and 32 minutes. Sock weathered Bublik’s whopping 40 aces to steal the win, winning just two more points overall and making less unforced errors 40-52.

In other games, Oscar Otte and Jenson Brooksby both claimed upsets over fellow unseeded opposition, with the former outclassing American Denis Kudla 6-4 6-4 6-2, as the latter downed compatriot Taylor Fritz 6-7(7) 7-6(10) 7-5 6-2 in a hard-fought four-plus hour result. Three more Americans in Mackenzie McDonald, Maxim Cressy and Ernesto Escobedo joined Kudla and Fritz on the sidelines following losses to Kei Nishikori, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Lloyd Harris, respectively, as recent titleist Ilya Ivashka rounded out the day’s winners with a three set defeat of Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

US OPEN ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Tallon Griekspoor (NED) 6-2 6-3 6-2
[4] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-1 6-0 6-3
[6] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Corentin Moutet (FRA) 7-6 4-6 6-4 6-3
[7] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) defeated Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 7-6 6-3 6-0
Andreas Seppi (ITA) defeated [10] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 2-6 6-4 6-4 7-6
[13] Jannik Sinner (ITA) defeated Zachary Svajda (USA) 6-3 7-6 6-7 6-4
[17] Gael Monfils (FRA) defeated Steve Johnson (USA) 7-5 4-6 6-4 6-4
[21] Aslan Karatsev (RUS) defeated Jordan Thompson (AUS) 3-6 3-6 7-5 7-6 6-1
[22] Reilly Opelka (USA) defeated Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 7-6 7-5 6-4
Jack Sock (USA) defeated [31] Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 7-6 6-7 6-4 4-6 6-3
Oscar Otte (GER) defeated Denis Kudla (USA) 6-4 6-4 6-2
Jenson Brooksby (USA) defeated Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-7 7-6 7-5 6-2
Kei Nishikori (JPN) defeated Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 7-6 6-3 6-7 2-6 6-3
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated Maxim Cressy (USA) 7-6 6-3 7-5
Ilya Ivashka (BLR) defeated Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3 6-4 7-6
Lloyd Harris (RSA) defeated Ernesto Escobedo (USA) 6-4 6-4 6-2

 

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WTA Tour wrap: Seeds continue to star as Andreescu fights to remain

THE US Open women’s draw has already seen plenty of intriguing results shake up the competition, but once more it was the seeds that stepped up to the pressure with just two more joining Yulia Putintseva on the sidelines following the first round.

The likes of Ash BartyKarolina PliskovaIga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova had little issue getting over their first round opposition, with all four seeds proceeding in straight sets. Despite her number one seeding handing her a relatively low risk start to the event, Barty did not have it easy against former Russian finalist, Vera Zvonareva. The Australian sped through the first set but had to adjust in the second, eventually claiming the 6-1 7-6(7) result in just under 90 minutes.

“Obviously a tough one against Vera straight up,” Barty said. “She’s an experienced campaigner. She knows how to get herself into matches. I think all in all, adapting to conditions was a little bit slower than I probably would have liked [but] we’re through. We have another chance to improve on that in the next round.”

“I think when my back was against the wall late in that buster, I came up with some really good stuff,” Barty added. “That’s all we can ask is when your back is against the wall, you trust yourself, you go out there and pick your spots and hit them.”

Kvitova was just about unstoppable, flying through her 6-1 6-2 encounter with Polona Hercog in 61 minutes off the back of an 81 per cent win rate off her first serve. Compatriot Pliskova and Polish talent Swiatek both overcame American competitors in respective 6-3 6-4 results. Sixth seed Bianca Andreescu had a tougher time against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, who did not relent throughout the entire 7-5 4-6 7-5 contest. A 73 per cent win rate off a 66 per cent clip did the trick though, as the Canadian fired off 40 winners and 36 unforced errors with plenty to improve on now she has that first match out of the way.

“I definitely haven’t had a lot of matches in but I feel very comfortable playing on this court,” Andreescu said post-match. “I’m able to go back to the feelings that I had in 2019 and that confidence a little bit more than other tournaments, maybe it’s the court, the tournament, all of that.

“I channeled a lot in the match and honestly, it was super, super close. It really came down to a couple of points. I just fought the hardest, honestly. It could have gone both ways.”

“She was playing incredible tennis,” Andreescu said. “She was getting to many balls, she was really putting the ball in the court, it was incredible. For me I just really wanted to step up my game and try to be better than that, kind of play her at her own game – not so much with rhythm, but with power – and I think that really helped.”

While Andreescu had to fight hard for her three set victory, she was the only seed to claim a win in three sets on the day with the remaining seeded competitors all proceeding in two. Seeds 11, 14 and 17 in Belinda BencicAnastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Maria Sakkari found themselves relatively unscathed, while moving into the 20’s it was Jessica Pegula (23rd seed), Paula Badosa (24th) and Anett Kontaveit (28th) who found their winning form. 30th seed Petra Martic was the remaining seeded winner on the day, disposing of Hungarian Dalma Galfi 6-3 6-2.

It was a different story for 22nd seed Karolina Muchova and 29th seed Veronika Kudermetova though, with Kudermetova falling in three to Romanian Sorana Cirstea, marginally losing the first set tiebreaker before latching onto that momentum to steal the second set away from Cirstea. But the Romanian stepped up from there on out, firing on all cylinders in the last to claim the 7-6(5) 3-6 6-0 victory. Meanwhile, Muchova was the only Czech to not make it through the day with a 6-2 7-6(3) loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo. The Spaniard may not have retained control throughout the entire clash, but was much more comfortable with just 14 unforced errors to Muchova’s 48. Kristyna Pliskova joined twin sister Karolina in the second round alongside Kvitova and Katerina Siniakova.

Straight set victories were the theme of the day, with just four more three-set victors in Greet MinnenVarvara GrachevaAnna Schmiedlova and Lauren Davis joining Andreescu and Cirstea on the three set winners list. Amanda Anisimova and Shelby Rogers joined Pegula and Davis on the day’s American winners list, with Rogers disposing of compatriot Madison Brengle, and the likes of Hailey Baptiste, Coco VandewegheAnn Li and Katie Volynets all missing out on a place in the Round of 64.

It was a battle between shared names and former junior number one ranking as 20-year-old Dane Clara Tauson overcame 18-year-old French talent Clara Burel, while 18-year-old Brit Emma Raducanu only required 78 minutes to dispose of Stefanie Voegele, 6-2 6-3. Raducanu is looking to press her case at her second grand slam, making her way through qualifiers to earn this Round of 64 position. Voegele’s compatriot Jil Teichmann continued her solid form to earn a second round berth while it was the opposite for Brit Katie Boulter who fell to Russian Liudmila Samsonova. The last two matches both featured Japanese talents, with Misaki Doi joining Naomi Osaka in the second round following a solid victory over Australian Storm Sanders, while Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro overcame Nao Hibino 6-1 6-4.

US OPEN ROUND OF 128 RESULTS: 

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-1 7-6
[4] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Caty McNally (USA) 6-3 6-4
[6] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) defeated Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 7-5 4-6 7-5
[7] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated Jamie Loeb (USA) 6-3 6-4
[10] Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-1 6-2
[11] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-4 6-4
[14] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated Alison Riske (USA) 6-4 6-2
[17] Maria Sakkari (GRE) defeated Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 6-4 6-3
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) defeated [22] Karolina Muchova (CZE) 6-2 7-6
[23] Jessica Pegula (USA) defeated Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 6-2 6-2
[24] Paula Badosa (ESP) defeated Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-4 6-3
[28] Anett Kontaveit (EST) defeated Sam Stosur (AUS) 6-3 6-0
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) defeated [29] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 7-6 3-6 6-0
[30] Petra Martic (CRO) defeated Dalma Galfi (HUN) 6-3 6-2
Emma Raducanu (GBR) defeated Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-2 6-3
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) defeated Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-4 6-3
Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeated Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 7-5 6-2
Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated Madison Brengle (USA) 6-4 6-0
Hsieh Su-wei (TPE) defeated Claire Liu (USA) 6-1 6-4
Greet Minnen (BEL) defeated Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 6-4 1-6 6-3
Fiona Ferro (FRA) defeated Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-1 6-4
Misaki Doi (JPN) defeated Storm Sanders (AUS) 7-6 6-3
Zhang Shuai (CHN) defeated Hailey Baptiste (USA) 6-3 6-4
Martina Trevisan (ITA) defeated Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-1 7-5
Clara Tauson (DEN) defeated Clara Burel (FRA) 7-5 6-0
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Anna Sevastova (LAT) 7-6 6-3
Varvara Gracheva (RUS) defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) 5-7 6-0 6-2
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated Katie Boulter (GBR) 6-3 6-2
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) defeated Katie Volynets (USA) 6-3 6-1
Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) defeated Ashlyn Krueger (USA) 7-5 6-7 6-3
Lauren Davis (USA) defeated Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 6-2 2-6 6-3
Jil Teichmann (SUI) defeated Cristina Bucsa (ESP) 6-3 6-4

 

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ATP Tour wrap: Americans star as Djokovic fires past Danish teen

A HUGE second day of US Open seeded to go to plan for home nation hopefuls and a number of the top seeds, as a number of exciting clashes went ahead.

Just one of the day’s top 10 seeds was challenged, with top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic escaping virtually unscathed with a first round win despite dropping a set to up-and-coming Danish teen Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune, who fought hard throughout a 6-1 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1 finish. Unfortunately for 18-year-old Rune, severe cramping made it hard to retain momentum in the third and fourth sets as Djokovic’s experience reigned supreme.

“It’s tough to talk about [the] third and fourth sets because he barely moved. [From] my side, I started great. Played a really, really good first set. After that, I don’t know, I was 4-3 serving in the second set. Everything was working well, but then I just lost the first serve,” Djokovic said. “Credit to him for fighting. He had the crowd behind him. It was tough to play in my first match, even though I had tonnes of experience playing on this court, for him it was the first one.

“Still, you get nerves. You still are feeling a little bit rusty at the beginning. Obviously I’m pleased with the way I finished the match. Again, it was not a fair battle on the court with his unfortunate injury and cramping.”

Despite having to fight through cramps and the resulting loss, Rune said he “tried to give the crowd something” in return for their unwavering support.

“I never felt anything like this. It was [an] unbelievable feeling staying there. I tried to give the crowd something, fight for every point, be pumped and everything,” Rune said. “The crowd was unbelievable. I couldn’t have asked for more. I never tried anything like this. It was a pretty sick feeling.”

“Unfortunately, my fitness let me down. I started cramping already in the beginning of the third set. From there on, it was tough,” Rune said. “I knew if I [wanted] to win, I really had to fight for every point. With my body at this point, it was impossible.”

Comparatively, fourth seed Alexander Zverev had little issue disposing of American Sam Querrey. Querrey was just one of four Americans to fall on the second day of events in New York, with a whopping 10 Americans joining the day one winners. One of those was qualifier Maxim Cressy who took every chance against ninth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, firing up after dropping the first two games to come from behind to steal the 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-4 7-6 victory in three hours and 33 minutes flat. He fired off an unbelievable 44 aces to sway the momentum away from the Spaniard, registering 81 winners for 35 unforced errors in the process.

Cressy’s impressive effort was mirrored by both Taylor Fritz and Mackenzie McDonald, who upset 14th seed Alex de Minaur and 27th seed David Goffin, respectively on their way to second round berths. Four American wildcards contributed to the winners list as in-form Jenson BrooksbyErnesto EscobedoJack Sock and Zachary Vajda all overcame higher-ranked opposition – Brooksy taking out recent finalist and Swede Mikael Ymer as Vajda played well above his rank to down Italian Marco Cecchinato. Rounding out the American victors in the opening round were 22nd seed Reilly Opelka who rattled off a comfortable 33 aces on his way to a straight sets blitz of Korean Soonwoo Kwon, joined by Steve Johnson and Denis Kudla who claimed a four set victory apiece.

It was a mixed bag of results for the 10 Italians in the draw, with four earning wins – and most intriguingly, just two of the four seeds. Those two were sixth seed Matteo Berrettini and 13th seed Jannik Sinner, with the former disposing of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 7-6(7) 6-3 and the latter requiring four to overcome Australian Max Purcell. 20th seed Lorenzo Sonego was under pressure from the get-go though, only just taking out the first set against German qualifier Oscar Otte before falling 6-7(8) 7-5 7-6(4) 7-6(1) in just over four hours on court. Sonego was riddled with errors throughout the clash, managing 60 winners but also wasting 62 unforced errors as Otte controlled proceedings. 28th seed Fabio Fognini blasted through the first two sets in his encounter with Vasek Pospisil with relative ease before the Canadian decided enough was enough, biting back in the third and well and truly turning the momentum to eventually claim the 2-6 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6(4) victory. Joining Fognini on the sidelines were Salvatore Caruso – who went down in a tough encounter with former champion Kei Nishikori – Gianluca Mager and Stefano Travaglia, as Lorenzo Musetti and Andreas Seppi reversed the nation’s fortunes with first round wins.

In seeded games, seventh seed Denis Shapovalov had little issue disposing of Argentinian Federico Delbonis, as both 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz and 17th seed Gael Monfils joined Shapovalov on the straight sets winners list. 31st seed Alexander Bublik was also successful, stopping German Yannick Hanfmann in his tracks, as just one of two seeded Russians on day two survived, with 21st seed Aslan Karatsev claiming a victory over Jaume Munar, though 25th seed Karen Khachanov was not quite so lucky, unable to compete with the heavy serve of South African Lloyd Harris.

Rounding out the remaining winners on day two were a couple of Spaniards in Roberto Carballes Baena and Albert Ramos-Vinolas to see Spain go two from four for the day, joined by Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, Dutch talent Tallon Griekspoor and Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, who continued his winning form on from his maiden title over the weekend.

US OPEN ROUND OF 128 RESULTS: 

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (DEN) 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-1
[4] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4 7-5 6-2
[6] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-6 7-6 6-3
[7] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) defeated Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-2 6-2 6-3
Maxim Cressy (USA) defeated [9] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-4 7-6
[10] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) defeated Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 6-3 6-4 6-3
[13] Jannik Sinner (ITA) defeated Max Purcell (AUS) 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2
Taylor Fritz (USA) [14] defeated Alex de Minaur (AUS) 7-6 6-2 1-6 6-4
[17] Gael Monfils (FRA) defeated Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3 6-2 6-2
Oscar Otte (GER) defeated [20] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6-7 7-5 7-6 7-6
[21] Aslan Karatsev (RUS) defeated Jaume Munar (ESP) 7-5 1-6 6-3 6-2
[22] Reilly Opelka (USA) defeated Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 7-6 6-4 6-4
Lloyd Harris (RSA) defeated [25] Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-4 1-6 4-6 6-3 6-2
Mackenzie McDonald (USA) defeated [27] David Goffin (BEL) 6-2 7-4 6-3
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) defeated [28] Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2-6 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6
[31] Alexander Bublik (KAZ) defeated Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6-0 4-6 6-2 6-1
Kei Nishikori (JPN) defeated Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 6-1 6-1 5-7 6-3
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated Sebastian Korda 6-2 2-1 RET
Jack Sock (USA) defeated Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-7 6-2 6-4 6-2
Jenson Brooksby (USA) defeated Mikael Ymer (SWE) 7-5 6-2 1-6 6-3
Steve Johnson (USA) defeated Maximilian Marterer (GER) 5-7 7-6 7-6 6-3
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) defeated Emilio Nava (USA) 6-7 6-4 6-1 6-3
Andreas Seppi (ITA) defeated Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 2-6 7-5 6-4 2-6 7-6
Zachary Svajda (USA) defeated Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-4
Ernesto Escobedo (USA) defeated Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-1 6-3 6-1
Tallon Griekspoor (NED) defeated Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 2-5 7-6 4-6 6-4 7-5
Ilya Ivashka (BLR) defeated Tennys Sandgren (USA) 7-6 6-3 6-4
Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) defeated Tommy Paul (USA) 7-6 6-2 1-6 6-3
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) defeated Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-1 5-7 5-7 7-5 6-4
Corentin Moutet (FRA) defeated Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 6-4 7-5 7-6
Denis Kudla (USA) defeated Laslo Djere (SRB) 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6
Jordan Thompson (AUS) defeated Gianluca Mager (ITA) 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6

 

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