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Teenager Andreescu reaches US Open fourth round

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2019
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Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
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Canadian 15th seed Bianca Andreescu beat former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of the US Open.

The 19-year-old, playing at Flushing Meadows for the first time, won 6-4 6-4 in a match featuring 10 service breaks.

Andreescu, who has won titles in Toronto and Indian Wells this year, will face American Taylor Townsend in the next round.

Elsewhere, Dutch seventh seed Kiki Bertens lost to German Julia Gorges.

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Bertens, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist last year, fought off four match points before Gorges won 6-2 6-3.

Gorges, seeded 26th, will face Donna Vekic in the fourth round after the Croat beat Kazakh Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-1.

World number 116 Townsend knocked out Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the second round and beat Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5 6-2 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Latvian world number 77 Jelena Ostapenko, a former French Open champion, lost 6-3 7-5 to American Kristie Ahn, who had never won a main draw singles match at a Grand Slam before.

Ahn faces Belgian 25th seed Elise Mertens in the fourth round. The former Australian Open semi-finalist won 6-3 6-3 against German Andrea Petkovic, ranked 88th.

Ukrainian fifth seed and Wimbledon semi-finalist Elina Svitolina stormed past Ukrainian 32nd seed Dayana Yastremska to win 6-2 6-0 to set-up a fourth-round tie with American 10th seed Madison Keys.

Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic was given a walkover to the next round after Estonian opponent Anett Kontaveit retired with illness prior to their match on Louis Armstrong.

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Nadal Flying Against Chung At US Open

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2019

Nadal Flying Against Chung At US Open

Spaniard headlines Sunday day session

Second seed Rafael Nadal wasted no time getting down to business on Sunday at the US Open, racing through the opening set 6-3 against South Korean qualifier Hyeon Chung in their third-round clash.

A backhand sent just wide from Chung at 2-3 gave the Spaniard the first break of the match. The slight advantage was all the three-time US Open champion needed and he fired an ace to take the early lead.

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Nadal leads Chung 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series and has won all five sets they’ve played. The winner of this match faces No. 14 seed John Isner of the United States or former US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia, the No. 22 seed.

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US Open 2019: Novak Djokovic through, while Daniil Medvedev is booed in his victory

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2019
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Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the US Open last 16 after showing few signs of a shoulder injury in a straight-set victory over American Denis Kudla.

The top seed progressed with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win against the 111th-ranked Kudla.

The Serb, 32, has been struggling with the problem for “a couple of weeks”, but said he was “almost pain free”.

“That’s a big improvement on my last match,” said Djokovic, who will play Swiss 23rd seed Stan Wawrinka next.

The three-time US Open champion is the favourite to win his fifth Grand Slam from the past six, but was hampered by the shoulder problem during his second-round victory over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero – needing three medical time-outs during Wednesday’s match.

Afterwards, he said he would need to use his day off on Thursday to have more treatment to put him in “a better state” for Friday’s final match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and did not practise at Flushing Meadows until about 19:45 local time, before going on court under two hours later.

Yet he encountered few problems against Kudla, breaking serve four times and saving seven break points to set up a meeting with three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka – who is likely to push Djokovic more physically – on Sunday.

Wawrinka, 34, beat Djokovic at Flushing Meadows to win the 2016 title.

Djokovic was involved in an incident during his practice on Friday, in which he said to a fan, in a video shared on social media, “I’ll find you afterwards, I’ll come find you”.

Speaking after his match, the Serb laughed off the incident, saying the pair “just had a little chat” and explained he wanted to find the fan “to buy him a drink”.

Asked what was he said, he replied: “We’ll keep it between us. But he definitely helped me. He doesn’t even know, but he did help me.

“Even maybe he didn’t want to do me a favour, he did me a favour, big favour.”

Medvedev overcomes Lopez and boos

Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev was booed by a hostile crowd as he beat Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The world number five received an unsportsmanlike conduct code violation for snatching a towel from a ballperson’s hands in the first set, and he later made an offensive gesture towards the crowd.

He escaped punishment for the gesture, unseen by the umpire despite it being replayed on a television screen in the stadium, as umpire Damien Dumusois said he would “have to see it myself.”

Medvedev was also booed as he was interviewed on court after the match, and said: “I want all of you to know, when you sleep tonight, I won because of you. The energy you gave. The more you do this, the more I win.”

He faces German qualifier Dominik Koepfer next and said he would try and improve his behaviour.

“I am working on myself and hopefully I will be better next time,” added the Russian.

Nishikori downed by De Minaur

Seventh seed Kei Nishikori is out after losing to 20-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur.

The Japanese, runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2014, went two sets down before a brief fightback in a 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3 defeat.

For Australian world number 38 De Minaur, one of the game’s rising stars, it was his first win over a top-10 player and he will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov next.

“This is where I feel like my game’s at,” De Minaur said after reaching the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time.

“I want to be pushing second weeks of Grand Slams and putting myself out there. So very happy. Hopefully I can just keep it rolling.”

In 2018 at the same venue, the Australian squandered a two-set lead against 2014 champion Marin Cilic to lose in five sets in the third round.

“Last year it was a bit of a heartbreaking match for me,” he said. “It stung a lot, but you learn so much from it. You know that that’s your level.”

Meanwhile, Belgium’s David Goffin beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (11-9) 7-5 and will next take on 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who knocked out Briton Dan Evans.

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Saturday Preview & Schedule: Nadal Ready To Rock

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2019

Saturday Preview & Schedule: Nadal Ready To Rock

Zverev, Monfils and Kyrgios highlight Day 6 action

Rafael Nadal is known for always being on the go. But after receiving a walkover in his second round at the US Open, the Spaniard has been forced to sit without playing a live point since Tuesday. The second seed will be eager to hit the court once again as he headlines third-round action on Saturday, joined by sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev, No. 13 seed Gael Monfils of France and No. 28 seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

Nadal takes on South Korean Hyeon Chung, who is enjoying a successful comeback after missing five months this season with a back injury. Chung, the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals champion in 2017, scored back-to-back five-set wins this week to reach the third round. He won the first tournament of his comeback earlier this month at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Chengdu. Having beaten Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open, Chung knows what it takes to excel at Grand Slams.

But what he’s yet to excel at is mastering Nadal. The Spaniard leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-0 and won all four sets they’ve played. Nadal will also be the fresher of the two for their showdown. Chung has spent a minute under seven hours on court this week, in addition to his three qualifying matches last week, while Nadal required just over two hours to defeat Aussie John Millman on Tuesday. He hasn’t been in action since then due to Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrawing from their second-round match with a shoulder injury, but did manage to save the day for a young fan off the court on Friday.

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Zverev will look for a shorter stay on court when he meets Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, who is competing in the third round of the US Open for the first time. The sixth seed added to his reputation as a fifth-set expert, prevailing in consecutive five-setters this week against Moldovan Radu Albot and #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe. Zverev holds a 3-0 lead against Bedene in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry, including a convincing win at this year’s Australian Open, and will need to replicate that effort to remain fresh for the second week.

“I’m just trying to regain my full confidence. It’s about going match by match for me. It’s about doing the best I can for now,” said Zverev before the tournament started. “It’s the first time in a few years where I’m not a favorite in any way at a Grand Slam and it takes some pressure off, as well. It’s a different mindset for me now.”

Two of the flashiest players on tour square off for the first time when Monfils takes on #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov. The Frenchman is back in the Top 15 for the first time in two years after outstanding results this season that include a title in Rotterdam (d. Wawrinka) and semi-final finish at the Masters 1000 event in Montreal. Meanwhile, Shapovalov has been finding his form again after beginning to work last week with former Top 10 player Mikhail Youzhny. The 20-year-old reached his first semi-final since March in Winston-Salem and hasn’t dropped a set so far this week.

“I’m a big fan of his. He’s been so exciting to watch from when I was super young. I’ve always seen him come out with crazy points, crazy hot shots. He’s so athletic on the court. I think he’s one of the best athletes in the world in any sport,” Shapovalov said of Monfils. “He can really do everything. He can play aggressive, he can stay in the rallies, he’s got a big serve. It’s going to be a tough match.”

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Kyrgios closes out the evening session against Russian Andrey Rublev. Both men have been in top form during the North American hard-court swing, with Kyrgios prevailing at the Citi Open (d. Medvedev) and Rublev defeating Roger Federer to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Cincinnati. The US Open holds extra weight for Rublev as the venue where he announced his arrival on Tour, coming through qualifying to reach the quarter-finals in 2017, while Kyrgios looks to reach the second week at this event for the first time.

“He’s a young, fearless player who has been playing really well the last couple weeks,” Kyrgios said. Obviously he had that win over Roger. He plays big from both sides. He’s a great player. He’s going to have a great future.”

Other notable matches on Saturday include No. 14 seed John Isner of the United States taking on former US Open champion and No. 22 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia, while #NextGenATP Aussie Alexei Popyrin meets No. 24 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, 31 August 2019

Arthur Ashe Stadium start 12:00
WTA match
[2] Rafael Nadal vs Damir Dzumhur

NB 7:00 pm
WTA match
[28] Nick Kyrgios vs Andrey Rublev 

Louis Armstrong Stadium start 11:00
Two WTA matches
[6] Alexander Zverev vs Aljaz Bedene

NB 7:00 pm
[13] Gael Monfils vs Denis Shapovalov
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Grandstand start 11:00
Two WTA matches
[14] John Isner vs [22] Marin Cilic
[20] Diego Schwartzman vs Tennys Sandgren

Court No. 17 start 11:00
[12] Kevin Krawietz / Andreas Mies vs Martin Damm / Toby Alex Kodat
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[1] Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah vs Daniel Evans / Cameron Norrie
[24] Matteo Berrettini vs Alexei Popyrin
[7] Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan vs Roberto Carballes Baena / Federico Delbonis

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US Open 2019: Teenager Coco Gauff to face champion Naomi Osaka

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2019
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Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
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When defending champion Naomi Osaka and teenage sensation Coco Gauff meet in the third round of the US Open on Saturday, even Serena Williams says she will be “excited to be a fan girl”.

Gauff, 15, became a household name when she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep.

It is only her second appearance in a Grand Slam singles main draw.

“I definitely think it’s the future of women’s tennis,” said Williams.

“I think it’s super-exciting tennis. It will be a really interesting match,” Williams, who lost to Osaka in last year’s final, added.

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Japan’s Osaka, who won the Australian Open in January, has struggled with form and injury since becoming world number one.

The 21-year-old reached just the third round at the French Open before being knocked out at the first stage at Wimbledon and has also failed to beat a top-10-ranked player since the start of the year.

Meanwhile, Gauff has continued her impressive form, winning her first WTA doubles title at the Washington Open alongside compatriot Catherine McNally, 17.

“She’s done so well again here this tournament,” said Swiss five-time champion Roger Federer. “I think we’re all a bit surprised that she’s able to back it up after Wimbledon which was already an incredible run.

“For her to strive in those conditions shows she’s going to have a great future ahead of her. It’s going to be a big day [on Saturday]. I wish her all the best, of course.”

Seeds go head-to-head

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, former Australian Open champion and two-time US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki is up against Canadian 15th seed Bianca Andreescu on Arthur Ashe.

Nineteen-year-old Andreescu clinched her second WTA title in Toronto this month following Williams’ retirement in the final and the teenager also beat German three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in the final at Indian Wells in March.

Dutch seventh seed Kiki Bertens takes on German 26th seed Julia Gorges on Louis Armstrong, while Belgian 25th seed Elise Mertens faces Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, ranked 88th, on Grandstand.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw…

Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal takes on South Korean world number 170 Chung Hyeon in the second match on Arthur Ashe.

Nadal, who was knocked out by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in last year’s US Open semi-final, is seeking a fourth title in New York.

Australian 28th seed Nick Kyrgios, who lost to Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon, plays Russian Andrey Rublev, ranked 43rd.

And German sixth seed Alexander Zverev, who has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam this year, faces Slovenian world number 80 Aljaz Bedene on Louis Armstrong.

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Medvedev Wins Late-Night Thriller At US Open

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2019

Medvedev Wins Late-Night Thriller At US Open

Russian to face Dominik Koepfer in Round of 16

As the clock struck midnight, Daniil Medvedev wrapped up Day 5 at the US Open with a highly entertaining victory over Feliciano Lopez.

A physical clash from first ball to last, Medvedev outlasted Lopez 7-6(1), 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4, after three hours and 19 minutes of hard-hitting tennis. The World No. 5 equalled his best result at a Grand Slam, having also reached the Round of 16 at the Australian Open this year. It marks his first second-week appearance in New York.

It was a war of attrition as Medvedev fought past Lopez in a roller-coaster affair that concluded at 12:04am on Louis Armstrong Stadium. He fired 55 winners, including 27 aces, while surviving 85 net approaches by the Madrid native.

The drama was palpable on Armstrong and the New York crowd got firmly behind Lopez as the match wore on. An agitated Medvedev had the home fans against him as the match got underway, but the Russian fed off the high-octane atmosphere.

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Despite squandering a 5-3 lead and dropping the opening set in a tie-break, Lopez immediately snatched the second set with a break in the first game. The Spaniard would draw level just 38 minutes later, raising his arms in the air and calling on the New York faithful to rally behind him. You could cut the tension with a knife as the third set entered a tie-break, with the veteran saving a set point with a lunging volley. But two points later, Medvedev finally got the better of Lopez to seize the set.

The Russian would not look back from there, sprinting to a 3-2 lead in the fourth set with a perfect baseline-to-baseline backhand lob. And he would seal the victory on his first match point with a backhand winner.

Medvedev closes out the month of August with a staggering 17-2 record, also including final appearances at the Citi Open in Washington, Coupe Rogers in Montreal and title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. He owns a tour-leading 47 match wins – and 33 on hard courts – this year.

Meanwhile, on Grandstand, Dominik Koepfer extended his magical run another day. Koepfer stunned 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 for his first Top 20 win and first appearance in the second week of a Grand Slam.


The German became just the second qualifier to reach the Round of 16 at the US Open since 2009, joining Denis Shapovalov (2017). Just a year ago, Koepfer was sitting at No. 243 in the ATP Rankings and he is now projected to crack the Top 100 with his deep run in New York.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Koepfer after the match. “It’s my first time here and I’ve been here for two weeks now. Same dinner spots before every match, but I like winning so I guess we have to keep it going.

“I thought I just competed really well for four sets. I fought for every ball and every point. I guess it paid off in the end.”

Under the tutelage of former pro Rhyne Williams, Koepfer is soaring. He claimed his lone ATP Challenger Tour title on the grass of Ilkley in June, before reaching the second round of Wimbledon. Now, he has taken it one step further at the US Open.

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