Canada’s Shapovalov falls to Rublev in 5-set marathon at U.S. Open
Russian Andrey Rublev rallied to beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7) in a tough third round men’s singles match towel on Saturday at the US Open.
Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., had 23 aces and 76 winners in a match that lasted four hours and seven minutes. But he also recorded 72 non-compulsory errors, compared with 38 of ninth-seeded Rublev, who finished with nine aces and 38 winners.
And while both players scored four service breaks, Rublev did so with half as many chances as Shapovalov (nine to 17). Shapovalov entered the match as the last remaining Canadian in singles at the Grand Slam event.
After being 3-0 down, Shapovalov came back to make it 3-3. Rublev took the lead 5-3 while the Canadian returned once again to make it 5-4.
Rublev took the lead 8-4 and Shapovalov fought back to make it 8-6. And he pulled in in the 9-7 but that’s as close as Shapovalov will be.
Rublev and Shapovalov continued to serve for the opening nine games of the first set before Rublev converted the first break attempt to win 6-4. Shapovalov struggled with his first serve (39%) and was unable to convert either of his break points.
But the Canadian returned the advantage in the second set, scoring a pair of break points on the way to a 5-1 lead. After Rublev held the serve, Shapovalov then did so to win 6-2 to end the game.
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The Canadian improved his first serve by 51% entering the third set while scoring seven aces compared to just one for Rublev.
Both returned to serve in the first six games of the third set to force the breaker to serve. But the Canadian player played better, sealing a 7-3 victory with a 2-1 advantage.
Earlier in the day, Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and her partner Daria Saville of Russia, lost the women’s doubles match in the second round 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6- 7 (10) before the American Bernarda Pera. and Dalma Galfia of Hungary.
Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Mexico’s women’s doubles partner Giuliana Olmos will compete in the Round of 16 on Sunday against Ena Shibahara of California and Asia Muhammad.
Fernandez and Dabrowski will face each other in the mixed doubles tournament with their respective partners on Sunday in Round 16. Fernandez will compete against Jack Sock of America, while Dabrowski is paired with Max Purcell of the USA. Australia.
No. 1 Swiatek continues the path to the first US Open title
First seed Iga Swiatek defeated Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round at the US Open.
Swiatek won the last five games of the second set and has a potential path to the US Open championship that doesn’t include any past tournament champions. With Serena Williams set to retire after Friday’s loss, not a single past champion is still competing at the tournament.
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That could open the door for Swiatek – and all eyes are now on the player plastered on a Times Square billboard.
Davis, who made it to the third round at the US Open for the first time, needed a coach to test her in the first set. She took a short break but played the rest of the match without incident.
Two-time French Open champion, Swiatek has only reached the US Open 4-4 in her last eight games after winning 37 in a row, but has failed to win her matches in the US Open. Flushing Meadows. She had 25 winners against Davis.
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Nadal beats Gasquet in straight set
Rafael Nadal overcame his last US Open in one match and knocked out Richard Gasquet 6-0, 6-1, 7-5.
Second seed Nadal cut the bridge of his nose with his own racquet in the second round victory. There was little to slow him down on Saturday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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Nadal has won four of his 22 Grand Slam titles at the US Open, most recently in 2019, the last time he entered the tournament on hard courts. Nadal, who won his 30th night match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, said his nose felt fine throughout the match.
Nadal won 34 consecutive sets against Gasquet and needed just over two hours to advance to the fourth round of the US Open. He will play American tennis player Frances Tiafoe on Monday. Tiafoe, the first American since Mardy Fish in 2010-12 to reach the fourth round of the US Open for three consecutive years, eliminated 14th Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-4.
Nadal scored a goal to set the score 2-0 in his career against Tiafoe.
Pegula advances to round 4 . for the first time
Jessica Pegula reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time when she defeated Yuan Yue in the qualifying round with a score of 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-0.
Eighth seed Pegula wasted her chance to close as she held a match point in the tiebreak but made it past the third set in half an hour.
Pegula, a 28-year-old American whose parents owned the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabers, finished with nearly twice as many winners as Yuan, 35-18.
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Next up for Pegula: She faces two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Monday with a quarterfinal berth en route.
Pegula on Saturday with a 0-2 record in third-round matches at Flushing Meadows, losing to Kvitova at that stage in 2020 and to Belinda Bencic in 2021.
Pegula started her Grand Slam career with a score of 3-8. She’s gone 22-7 since then, including running to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open each of the past two years and this year’s French Open.
Kvitova clears a pair of head-to-head points on the way to victory
Kvitova cleared a pair of head-to-head points and moved her fourth to edge Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10) in a head-to-head confrontation between the two-time major champions.
Kvitova reached the fourth round for the seventh time at Flushing Meadows. The last time she reached the quarterfinals of the US Open was in 2017.
She’s back again – after dropping the first set, after leading 5-2 in the third, after taking a point from the 6-5 defeat twice.
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Here is the result of this match: Kvitova won a total of 109, Muguruza 108.
The winner of the new format took place in the final match to determine the winner. The four Grand Slams have agreed to adopt a unified system this year, with the women’s third set and the men’s fifth set being decided by a one–10, two-win formula; The US Open used to have a more traditional top-seven setup.
Kvitova, the left-hander who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, overcame 12 doubles errors with 14 aces and a total of 50 winners. She improved to 6-1 against 9th seed Muguruza, champion at the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
In another women’s singles match on Saturday, two-time Australian Open champion Viktoria Azarenka won 6-3, 6-0 over Petra Martic. Two-time main runner-up Karolina Pliskova beat Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
19-year-old Alcaraz eliminates Brooksby
Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player since Pete Sampras in 1989 and ’90 to reach the fourth round in a row in the US Opens. 19-year-old Alcaraz defeated Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals last year at the age of 18.
Alcaraz was 3-0 down in the third set until he won six games in a row to take off and top Brooksby. Last year, Brooksby was 20 years old when he reached the fourth round, where Novak Djokovic knocked him out in four sets.
Alcaraz, always rushing, moving, seemed to have damaged a pair of sneakers and needed a shoe change during the game. He gave fans another pair of sneakers to celebrate his victory.
The Spaniard went on to face Croatia’s 15 Marin Cilic, who beat 20 Dan Evans 7-6 (11), 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5 in Round three takes place later on Saturday.
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