Frances Tiafoe of the United States caused great sadness by knocking Rafael Nadal out of the fourth round of the US Open on Monday.
Tiafoe, the 22nd seed, put in a spectacular performance to beat 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium. packed.
The win sends Tiafoe into the quarterfinals against Russian ninth seed Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.
Rublev outperforms Norrie
Andrey Rublev weathered the rain to overtake Cameron Norrie and reach the quarterfinals of the US Open for the third time on Monday.
The Russian 9th seed won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and will face four-time champions Rafael Nadal or Frances Tiafoe of the United States for a place in the semifinals.
Rublev lost to Nadal in the quarterfinals in New York in 2017.
“It was two and a half hours, it was tough,” said 24-year-old Rublev, who needed four hours and five sets to get past Denis Shapovalov in the third round.
“Cameron and I, we have known each other for a long time. I know I have to do my best.
“I played a good game. I was able to win in three sets so I’m very happy,”
Rublev, who also made it to the last eight in New York in 2017 and 2020, will play in his sixth quarterfinal at the pro tournaments but has yet to progress further.
Monday’s round 4 clash was delayed by half an hour after the roof on Louis Armstrong Court was closed too late to prevent a sudden downpour from wetting the surface.
However, this delay barely threw Rublev out of his stride as he made his mark of victory after 11 aces and 30 wins.
Norrie, the seventh seed, was undone by 35 non-compulsory errors.
Jessica Pegula of the United States reacts as she plays Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their 2022 US Open women’s singles match in Round 16 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on Jan. September 5, 2022. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) | Image source: ANGELA WEISS
Pegula glides past Kvitova
Jessica Pegula became the second American woman to reach the quarterfinals of this year’s US Open after brushing aside two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova in consecutive sets on Monday.
The 28-year-old eighth seed weathered the rain of delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium to win 6-3, 6-2 and ease into the last eight meeting with world number one Iga Swiatek or Jule Niemeier of Germany.
Pegula, whose billionaire parents own the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise, was always in control of veteran Czech tennis player Kvitova, who knocked out Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the third round.
Pegula broke to make it 4-3 in the first set after a rain delay and then took a 5-3 lead before breaking it back 6-3.
Kvitova appeared to raise her game in the second set and broke immediately before leading 2-0.
But Kvitova’s match fell apart after that – the Czech made a total of 24 unwarranted errors – and Pegula had to play six games in a row to start the second set, ending the match when Kvitova beat a single shot. surprise return.
Pegula has reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and French Open this season but has never advanced beyond the third round in her previous five US Open appearances.
She joins fellow American Coco Gauff in the final eight while compatriot Danielle Collins could join them when she faces Aryna Sabalenka late Monday.
Swiatek rallies for the quarterfinals
World number one Iga Swiatek became the first Polish woman to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open on Monday when she beat Jule Niemeier in a 16-man clash first.
French Open champion Swiatek recovered from a set and a break to see off her 108th-ranked German opponent 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Top seed Swiatek will face American eighth seed Jessica Pegula for a place in the semifinals.
In a foul on Louis Armstrong field, there were a total of 15 double fouls, 12 serve errors and 76 no-takes.
“It’s really gratifying. It’s my first quarter-final in New York so I’m really proud of it,” Swift said.
Wimbledon quarter-finalist Niemeier had not won a thrilling match in his career before arriving in New York.
However, into Monday’s match, she did not miss a set and opened fire to repeat the Wimbledon journey, where she also defeated world number two Anett Kontaveit.
The 23-year-old from Dortmund scored the opening goal with goals in the first and seventh games.
She held her ground in an eight-minute game of the second set, saving two break points.
Niemeier felt a shock win as she broke serve 2-1 but Swiatek eventually prevailed, making a set of seven serves in 10 games.
In the decisive match, Pole took a 4-0 lead with the strongly built Niemeier picking up just five points.
Soon after, Swiatek completed the win with her 19th ‘bagel’ set of the season to end a spot in the third Grand Slam quarter-final of 2022.
Swiatek says her success in 2022 is helped by her staunch loyalty to her walking list that includes AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam.
“I’ve been listening to it all year and I’m pretty bored with it,” she said. “But I won’t change now.”
Pliskova tops Azarenka to reach a quarter
Karolina Pliskova knocked out Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in three sets to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open on Monday.
The Czech Republic 22nd seed, runner-up in the 2016 tournament and quarterfinalist on three other occasions, won 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The 30-year-old will face Danielle Collins of the United States or sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarusia in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Sabalenka enters the US Open quarterfinals for the second time
Aryna Sabalenka reached the quarterfinals of the US Open for the second year in a row on Monday with a three-set comeback win over Danielle Collins.
The world number six from Belarus won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 against the American, who she beat New York three times in the last five events.
Sabalenka finally fell in the semi-finals of 2021 and her 2022 place looked dangerous on Monday as she needed respite to treat a leg injury.
However, she eventually fought back from a set against the Australian Open runner-up and won after a double break in the deciding set.
With input from AP and AFP