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US Open 2016 on Day 6 saw Serena Williams advance into the last 16 with ease but Simona Halep had to dig deep for three set win over Babos. In the men’s singles, Juan Martin del Potro’s advanced on the second week at the Flushing Meadows.
Del Potro, the 2009 champ who returned to Grand Slam competition this year after missing 2 1/2 years of major tournaments because of operations on his left wrist, had little trouble beating 11th-seeded David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3 to move into the fourth round. The 6-foot-6 del Potro was the clear favorite of the Louis Armstrong Stadium fans, who cheered wildly with every winner, and he responded with confident fist pumps. He ended the match with both arms raised to a standing ovation. Del Potro, who is ranked No. 142 because of his long absence from play, was given a wild card into Flushing Meadows on the heels of an Olympics performance in which he beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal before losing to Andy Murry in the gold medal match.
Eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem overcame a shaky start Saturday to secure a spot in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Thiem blasted 47 winners, 20 in the last set, on his way to a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory over 39th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta. The Spaniard is now winless against top-10 players in 11 tries. Thiem, a 23-year-old Austrian, is considered one of the game’s top young players. He’s had four tour wins and a run to the French Open semifinals this year. He previously reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open in 2014. Thiem will play Del Potro.
US Open 2016, Day 6: As it happened
# Juan Martin de Potro will be in second week of US Open! The 2009 US Open champ beats David Ferrer 7-6, 6-2, 6-3
# Andy Murray stretched! Murray needed a tiebreak in the first set but he has held off Lorenzi with a 7-6 win in first set
# A hold each for Murray and Lorenzi and we are tied 1-1 in the first set of this third round match at the US Open
# World number two and second seed of Britain Andy Murray is on court against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy
# Serena storms into the last 16 after a 6-2 6-1 win over Johanna Larsson of Sweden in the third round. She is expected to meet Simona Halep in the quarter-finals
# That was easy for Serena Williams! She wins the first set against Larsson 6-2 and without actually having any trouble
# Serena Williams is taking court. She is facing Sweden’s Johanna Larsson
# Dominic Thiem does it! After losing the first set, he storms back to win three straight sets against Busta and advance with a 1-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 win
# Simona Halep sees off Babos in three sets. She was in trouble but kept her cool to beat the Hungarian 6-1 2-6 6-4 to advance
# Thiem with the lead against Busta! He wins the third set 6-4 and is now leading two sets to one!
# Radwanska with an easy win in the first set. Garcia did try a comeback but the Polish player holds off for a 6-4 set win
# Thiem making a strong comeback! After losing the first set, he wins the second and is leading in the third
# Radwanska is up against Garcia in the women’s singles match. The Polish player is seeded fifth while Garcia is seeded 25th
# Vesnina knocked out. 11th seed Navarro of Spain wins 6-4 6-3 to knock out the Russian from the last Grand Slam of the year
# Simona Halep has to play a third set for the first time at US Open. Babus takes the second set 6-2 as Halep fails to find her top game
# A difficult one for Thiem but he hangs on to win the second set 6-2 against Busta. The win makes it 1-1. Busta giving a tough challenge but not good enough
# Navarro wins the first set against Vesnina. A supposedly tough match not turning out to be. Vesnina goes down 4-6 in first set
# Simona Halep closes the first set in just 24 minutes against Babos! She wins the first set 6-1
# Thiem in trouble after he loses the first set in 20 minutes. Busta takes the first set 6-1 against the ninth seed
# Big match in women’s singles as 11th seed Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain and Russia’s Elena Vesnina, who is seeded 19th are playing each other
# In the men’s singles, eighth seed Dominic Theim is up against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in third round match
# Fifth seed Simona Halep is playing Hungary’s Timea Babos in the women’s singles third round match
# Players are ready to take courts on Day 6 of US Open and this will decide the final players in last 16
Serena Williams will try to take a step closer to history on Saturday when she plays her third-round match at the U.S. Open.
The world number one takes on Johanna Larsson of Sweden for a place in the last 16, the third step on the path to an Open Era record 23rd grand slam title.
Williams’ second-round win over fellow American Vania King brought her level with Martina Navratilova’s record of 306 grand slam wins.
“I knew it was on the horizon,” Williams said of the record. “I knew at Wimbledon that I wanted to get there. Obviously I’m excited about that. I would like to take one more step, several more steps.”
Williams’ troublesome right shoulder has held up well so far but she admits it is a constant battle.
“Just tons of treatment, tons of rehab, tons of ice,” she said. “It’s constant.”
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who could yet overtake Williams as world number one this fortnight, plays Caroline Garcia of France while sixth seed Venus Williams meets Germany’s Laura Siegemund.
In men’s third-round action, Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray continues his quest for a second U.S. Open crown when he plays Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka takes on unseeded Briton Dan Evans while sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan faces Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.