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US Open Highlights 6th day: Nadal, Federer move on as Fognini kicked out

  • Published at 07:01 pm September 3rd, 2017
US Open Highlights 6th day: Nadal, Federer move on as Fognini kicked out
Top seeds Rafa Nadal and Karolina Pliskova survived early wobbles to reach the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday. Two-time champion Nadal lost the first set but soon took control to record a 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory over Argentine Leonardo Mayer on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 31-year-old Spaniard will meet Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov for a place in the quarter-finals. Nadal plans to attack Dolgopolov, who has been impressive so far at Flushing Meadows, beating 15th seed Tomas Berdych and Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the previous rounds. "I need to play aggressive. I need to feel that when I'm hitting the forehand, he's not able to take advantage on the point. That's going to be my goal," said Nadal. "You need matches like this. Now I have the opportunity to compete again, to try to do it well." Pliskova, a runner-up last year, moved another step closer to a first grand slam title with a 3-6 7-5 6-4 comeback win over China's Zhang Shuai. French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was eliminated by Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-2, bowing out in a hail of 38 unforced errors at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Ostapenko, seeded 12th, later complained of nausea and illness during the match. After two marathon five-set encounters, Roger Federer's bid for a sixth U.S. Open title was back on track with an impressive 6-3 6-3 7-5 victory over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Federer will next face German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has not beaten the Swiss in their previous 11 meetings. Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 winner, reached the second week without dropping a set, following a clinical 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over 11th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Standing between Del Potro and a return to the quarter-finals is sixth seed Dominic Thiem. Highlights from day six of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Saturday (all times GMT): KEYS BOOKS FOURTH ROUND SPOT - American 15th seed Madison Keys came back from a set down to record a 2-6 6-4 6-1 victory third-round victory over Russian Elena Vesnina. NADAL DIGS DEEP TO BEAT MAYER AFTER ROCKY START - World number one Rafa Nadal overcame a slow start to beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1 6-4 and will meet unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the fourth round. - Mayer, who was a lucky loser, won the first set via a tiebreak, but Nadal found his forehand in the second and never looked back. RUBLEV SETS UP GOFFIN CLASH WITH WIN OVER DZUMHUR - Russian Andrey Rublev will meet men's ninth seed David Goffin in round four after beating Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4. SVITOLINA SEES OFF ROGERS IN ROUTINE VICTORY - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine put in a clinical performance as she beat unseeded American Shelby Rogers 6-4 7-5 in the third round. - Svitolina, who is in the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time, could meet either 17th-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina or 15th seed Madison Keys of the United States next. VANDEWEGHE DOWNS RADWANSKA IN THREE-SET THRILLER - American CoCo Vandeweghe, the women's 20th seed, served-and-volleyed her way into round four in an epic encounter lasting just under three hours against 10th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, winning 7-5 4-6 6-4. - Vandeweghe, who won 32 of 49 points at the net and hit 49 winners, faces Czech Lucie Safarova next. MONFILS RETIRES WITH KNEE INJURY AS GOFFIN ADVANCES - Belgian ninth-seed David Goffin advanced to the fourth round after his third-round opponent, Frenchman Gael Monfils, the 18th seed, retired with an injury to his right knee. - Goffin, who reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time, was leading 7-5 5-1 when Monfils quit. FEDERER MARCHES INTO ROUND FOUR - Five-time champion Roger Federer recorded a 6-3 6-3 7-5 third-round victory over Spain's Feliciano Lopez. - Third seed Federer's fourth round opponent is German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has failed to beat the Swiss in their previous 11 meetings. BRADY BATTLES PAST NICULESCU IN THREE SETS - American Jennifer Brady fought past Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-3 4-6 7-6(3) and will meet top seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round. - Brady served six aces and hit 46 winners, but will need to improve on her 52 unforced errors if she is to give herself a chance of reaching the quarter-finals at the expense of world number one Pliskova. DEL POTRO BEATS BAUTISTA AGUT IN STRAIGHT SETS - Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the men's 24th seed, beat 11th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-3 6-4 to enter the fourth round. - Del Potro faces sixth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem next. OUT-OF-SORTS OSTAPENKO EXITS IN ROUND THREE - Unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 in round three. - Ostapenko complained of nausea and illness during the match and struggled to hit her stride, making 38 unforced errors compared to her opponent's 13. KANEPI BEATS JAPAN'S OSAKA IN THREE SETS - Kaia Kanepi of Estonia beat Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka 6-3 2-6 7-5 to reach the fourth round. - The 32-year-old, who is making a comeback after a long spell out due to illness and injury, will play Russian Kasatkina next. PLISKOVA BATTLES PAST ZHANG - World number one Karolina Pliskova came back from the brink of defeat to beat China's Zhang Shuai 3-6 7-5 6-4 and progress to the fourth round. - Zhang served for the match point during the second set but Pliskova held on and mounted a comeback to grab the win. - Last year's U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova will face either American Jennifer Brady or Romanian Monica Niculescu in the fourth round. 1738 KOHLSCHREIBER PROGRESSES TO FOURTH ROUND - German Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Australia John Millman 7-5 6-2 6-4 to move into the fourth round for the fourth time in six years. THIEM CRUISES INTO FOURTH ROUND - Sixth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino of France 7-5 6-3 6-4 to seal a fourth-round spot. - The 23-year-old has progressed to the fourth round in his last five grand slams, starting with the 2016 U.S. Open, but has progressed past that stage only once, reaching the semi-finals of the French Open. - The world number eight will next face either Roberto Bautista Agut or Juan Martin del Potro. DOLGOPOLOV EASES PAST TROICKI - Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Serbian Victor Troicki 6-1 6-0 6-4 to advance to the fourth round. - This will be Dolgopolov's first appearance in the fourth round of a grand slam since 2011, when he reached the last 32 at the U.S. Open and the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. SAFAROVA ADVANCES TO FOURTH ROUND - Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the second time in four years with a 6-3 6-2 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara. US Open women's singles last 16 line-up (x denotes seeded player): Karolina Pliskova (CZE x1) v Jennifer Brady (USA) CoCo Vandeweghe (USA x20) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) v Madison Keys (USA x15) Daria Kasatkina (RUS) v Kaia Kanepi (EST) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) v Venus Williams (USA x9) Petra Kvitova (CZE x13) v Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP x3) Julia Goerges (GER) v Sloane Stephens (USA) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x16) v Maria Sharapova (RUS) US Open men's singles last 16 line-up (x denotes seeded player): Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) David Goffin (BEL x9) v Andrey Rublev (RUS) Roger Federer (SUI x3) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x33) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x24) v Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) Sam Querrey (USA x17) v Mischa Zverev (GER x23) Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Kevin Anderson (RSA x28) Denis Shapovalov (CAN) v Pablo Carreño-Busta (ESP x12) Lucas Pouille (FRA x16) v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
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