US Open 2016, Day 7: As it happened

Apart from two upsets in the women's singles, most seeded players advanced into the quarters at the US Open.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 5, 2016 3:55 am
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat American Jack Sock in four sets to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the second straight year. After failing to covert one match point in the third-set tiebreaker, the ninth-seeded Tsonga dominated the fourth for the 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-2 victory Sunday. Sock, the last man from the United States left in the draw, was trying to reach his first major quarterfinal. No American man has made the last eight at the U.S. Open since 2011. The 26th-seeded Sock upset 2014 U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic in the third round, never facing a break point. But on Sunday, he had just five aces and was broken six times. The U.S. Open is the only major at which Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up, has not reached at least the semifinals. Tsonga could next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who faces 21-year-old Kyle Edmund later Sunday. Asked what kind match he hoped for between those two, Tsonga joked, “really, really, really long.”

Caroline Wozniacki eliminated eighth-seeded American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals, her deepest run at a Grand Slam tournament in two years. Wozniacki is a two-time runner-up at Flushing Meadows, but she is unseeded and ranked only 74th after a season filled with injuries and poor results. She hadn’t won a match at a major in 2016 until arriving in New York. She lost U.S. Open finals in 2009 against Kim Clijsters and 2014 against Serena Williams. On Sunday, Wozniacki made only seven unforced errors, 26 fewer than Keys.

 

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Maybe, just maybe, Novak Djokovic will work up a sweat in the U.S. Open’s fourth round. He certainly has not been forced to expend much energy so far. After playing a total of 31 minutes after the first round, the No. 1 seed and defending champion plays for a berth in the quarterfinals Sunday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium against 84th-ranked Kyle Edmund of Britain.

Djokovic did not play a point Wednesday, because his second-round opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew a couple of hours before the match, citing an arm injury. And then Djokovic only contested six games Friday, until his third-round opponent, Mikhail Youzhny, stopped because of a strained left hamstring, prompting the 12-time major champion to head back out on court with coach Boris Becker for a practice session.

So the question was put to Djokovic: Is so little action a good thing, because it provides a chance to rest and heal after some trouble with his left wrist and right arm recently? Or is it a bad thing, because there’s a chance of accumulating some rust?

“Well, depends at how you look at it,” he began.

“This particular situation I never had in my Grand Slam career. But considering the stage of the season, you know, the amount of matches I’ve played, what I’ve been through with my body, I think it’s actually good to have some days off and then shorter matches from one side,” Djokovic said.

“From the other side, sure, as you are approaching (the) second week of the Grand Slams,” he continued, “you want to have match play and you want to have time spent on the center court before you face one of the top players.”

Edmund and Andy Murray gave Britain two men in the round of 16 at the American Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 50 years, back when it was known as the U.S. Championships. Edmund is the first man from the country other than Murray to get this far at any Grand Slam tournament since Tim Henman was a semifinalist at the 2004 U.S. Open.

Then there’s this daunting stat for Edmund, who eliminated 20th-seeded John Isner of the U.S. in the third round: Djokovic has a 72-match Grand Slam winning streak against opponents ranked outside the top 50.

Here’s what else to watch Sunday at the U.S. Open:

KEYS VS. WOZNIACKI: There will be a matchup of vastly contrasting styles when No. 8 Madison Keys takes on two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in the afternoon on Ashe. Keys, a 21-year-old American, has among the most powerful serves and forehands in women’s tennis today. Her aggressive approach will go up against the more conservative, defensive game of Wozniacki, a former No. 1 who is now ranked 74th. Wozniacki hadn’t won at a match at a major tournament in 2016 until this week.

NADAL VS. POUILLE: Rafael Nadal has been playing about as well as can be so far in New York heading into his match against No. 24 Lucas Pouille of France, dropping only 20 games his lowest total through three matches at the U.S. Open, which he won in 2010 and 2013. The left wrist injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months does not appear to be much of an issue any more for the 14-time major champion. Pouille is coming off his Grand Slam quarterfinal debut at Wimbledon.

TSONGA VS. SOCK: Two guys equipped with big serves and big forehands meet when No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays No. 26 Jack Sock, the last U.S. man in the tournament. Tsonga was the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open, while Sock will be trying to get to his first major quarterfinal and trying to be the first American man to make it that far at the U.S. Open since Andy Roddick and John Isner in 2011

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Top seeds in mixed doubles, Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig crash out after losing their second round match 3-6 4-6 against unseeded Marin Draganja and Barbora Krejcikova

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India’s only competition at US Open now is Sania Mirza in women’s doubles and Rohan Bopanna in mixed doubles

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In other matches at the Flushing Meadows, 13th seed Johanna Konta is trailing Anastasija Sevastova 4-6 4-3 in last 16 match

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Seventh seed Roberta Vinci had a difficult time winning the first set against young Ukrainian Tsurenko. But the Italian managed to win it 7-6 in tie break

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In men’s singles, Gael Monfils is up against Marcos Baghdatis. Monfils won the first set 6-3 in 44 minutes

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Monfils then extended his lead over Baghdatis to two sets after he won the second set 6-2 in 29 minutes

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Sevastova has broken Konta and now leads 5-3 in the second set and will be serving for the match

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Johanna Konta breaks and holds to to make it 5-5 in the second set. Sevastova failing to convert match point

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Roberta Vinci is through to the quarter-finals after she sees off Tsurenko in straight sets 7-6 6-2

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Anastasija Sevastova holds off Johanna Konta! She advances into the quarter-finals after a 6-4 7-5 over Konta

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Gael Monfils is through to the men’s quarter-finals after a straight sets win over Marcus Baghdatis 6-3 6-2 6-3

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Next up in women’s singles is Madison Keys taking on Caroline Wozniacki. Winner goes through to quarters

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Another big match in men’s singles as Jo-Wilfred Tsonga takes on American Jack Sock

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Tsonga takes just 33 minutes to wrap up the first set against Sock. The French wins the first set 6-3

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Caroline Wozniacki takes 38 minutes to wrap up the first set against eighth seed Madison Keys 6-3

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Caroline Wozniacki is serving for the match against eighth seed Madison Keys

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Gael Monfils, made to work hard, pockets the second set against Jack Sock 6-3. He now leads Sock two sets to none

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Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki is back at the US Open quarter-finals! She has knocked out eighth seed American Madison Keys 6-3 6-4 in straight sets

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Rafael Nadal is next on Arthur Ashe court. He is facing Lucas Pouille

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A great start from Pouille as he takes the first three games against Nadal

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Nadal gets on board with a game win but Pouille comes back the score stands 4-1 in the first set

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Lucas Pouille wraps up the first set in just 28 minutes against Rafael Nadal. Pouille leads 6-1

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Tsonga and Sock battling it out in the third set tie break! Tsonga has already won the first two sets

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Jack Sock keeps his calm and wins the tie break 9-7 and is still alive in the match against Tsonga, who leads 2 sets to 1

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After winning only one game in first set, Rafael Nadal begins with a hold and a break in the second set! He is up 2-0

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Lucas Pouille gets on board by holding his serve in the fourth game. Nadal leads 3-1

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Deuce in the fifth game as Pouille looks to break back Nadal and bring down his lead

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Rafael Nadal pumps his fist as he holds in the fifth game and the crowd is getting behind him! Nadal leads Pouille 4-1 in second set

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Rafael Nadal holds and wraps up the second set 6-2 to make it one set all against Lucas Pouille

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Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is into the quarter-finals of US Open for second straight year after a 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-2 win over Jack Sock

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Tied one set all, Rafael Nadal and Lucas Pouille once again battle it out in third set at the Arthur Ashe

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Pouille is up by a break! Nadal trying to make his way back but finding it difficult. Pouille leads 2-0 in second set

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18 minutes it took to decide the third game but Nadal is on board with a hold. Pouille leads 2-1

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Pouille is not letting Nadal dominate this set. He holds again to keep the lead 4-2

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Rafael Nadal holds and males it 4-5 whit Pouille serving for the set now

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Lucas Pouille holds! Number four seed Rafael Nadal is now is big trouble as Pouille leads 6-1 2-6 6-4