#3 Alcaraz defeats Cilic in a straight-set match | US Open Updates
Alcaraz, who can finish the Open ranked No. 1 in the world, fell to his knees when he won the grueling match which lasted 3 hours, 54 minutes and ended at 2:23 a.m. – missing the record by 3 minutes for the last finish in the open story. He would be the youngest No. 1 on the ATP circuit since 2001.
Cilic’s exit means there is not a single former US Open champion left in the men’s and women’s draw.
Sinner beat Alcaraz in four sets when they played at Wimbledon this year. Sinner, who turned 21 in August, is the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals of all four Grand Slams in a season since Novak Djokovic was 20 in 2007. Both players could play pivotal roles in a possible changing of the guard in men. tennis. Rafael Nadal lost on Monday and Djokovic, who has 21 Grand Slam titles, did not participate in this US Open because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and was not allowed to enter the United States . Roger Federer, 41, underwent a series of operations on his right knee and last played at Wimbledon last year.
Alcaraz was already the youngest man to reach the fourth round of the US Open in a row since Pete Sampras in 1989 and 1990.
The crowd at Ashe went wild on almost every point in the fifth set. Alcaraz of Spain was pounding his fist and urging the fans to get stronger. And it worked. Fueled by fandom – and a string of unforced errors from Cilic – Alcaraz pulled away in the fifth. Alcaraz clapped the hands of a few fans who stayed to celebrate their second consecutive quarter-final finish at Flushing Meadows.
Eleventh-seeded Jannik Sinner held off fiery Ilya Ivashka and won her US Open match 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to clinch a place in the four Grand Slam quarter-finals this year.
Sinner, who turned 21 in August, became the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals of all four Grand Slam events in one season since Novak Djokovic was 20 in 2007. Sinner lost 3-1 in the fifth set but rallied to win five games in a row. to close the unclassified Ivashka.
Sinner earned 12 break points in the game and dug deep in the fifth, showing why the rising Italian is seen as a potential star. Sinner joins Matteo Berrettini as the Italian men in the US Open quarterfinals.
Sinner will face the winner of Monday night’s final match between 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic and number 3 Carlos Alcaraz.
Sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka bounced back from a slow start and visits from the coach to beat No. 19 seed Danielle Collins 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the ‘US Open.
Sabalenka advanced to face No. 22 Karolina Pliskova.
Sabalenka continued her mastery at Flushing Meadows over Collins, beating her for the third time at the US Open (2018 and 2021). She led 4-3 in the second set when she needed a medical time-out. Sabalenka asked a trainer to massage her left thigh and it continued during breaks in the game. Sabalenka, the 2021 Open semi-finalist, said during her on-court interview that she was fine.
Sabalenka at one point complained to the chair umpire about the noise of the fans – and again there were plenty inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. The US Open has drawn a record 549,657 fans since the main draw began last Monday. This is the highest attendance ever for the tournament in its first eight days. The previous record was 540,333, set in 2019.
She even changed her racquet – which she said was “super loose” – midway through the second set. It didn’t bother her too much. She had 38 winners.
Sabalenka, who is from Belarus, was barred from playing at Wimbledon this year after all players from her country and Russia were banned due to the invasion of Ukraine.
24th-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 win over 26th-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
Pliskova, a former world No. 1, was runner-up at the US Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2021. Pliskova will face the winner of Monday night’s match at Arthur Ashe Stadium between No. 6 seed Aryna Sabalenka and the 19th first in the series. Danielle Collins.
The women’s peloton is guaranteed to have a champion for the first time.
Pliskova found form at Flushing Meadows after a broken right wrist forced her to miss the Australian Open and she struggled in her early tournaments when she returned to action.
Azarenka lost for the fifth time in nine career meetings against Pliskova.
Frances Tiafoe picked up the biggest victory of her career as the 22nd-ranked American beat second-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Tiafoe buried her head in her hands and cried on the pitch after shaking hands with Nadal. He sat on the bench and buried his head in a towel as Nadal walked away and waved to the crowd.
Tiafoe, 24, is the youngest American to reach the quarter-finals since Andy Roddick at 24 in 2006. Four-time US Open champion Nadal was the highest-ranked player after No. 1 Daniil Medvedev lost on Sunday . .
Tiafoe was already the first American to reach the fourth round in three consecutive years since Mardy Fish in 2010-12.
Nadal entered the 2022 Grand Slam events 22-0. He was 21-1 against the Americans since October 2017, which included straight-set wins over Tiafoe in the 2019 Australian Open quarter-finals and the third madrid tour 2019.
The first leg was a godsend for Tiafoe. Nadal never recovered from a 2-1 decline at the US Open and fell to 0-7 on aggregate at Flushing Meadows with that deficit.
1 seed Iga Swiatek survived a slow start to knock out unseeded Jule Niemeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open for the first time.
Swiatek, double champion of Roland-Garros, will then face Jessica Pegula. Pegula knocked out two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 to advance to her third major quarter-final of 2022.
Swiatek entered the US Open just 4-4 in her last eight matches having won 37 straight, but she hadn’t dropped a set at Flushing Meadows until Monday. Niemeier got the early jump – as she urged the crowd to get louder – and tried valiantly for another Grand Slam upset. She knocked out No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit at Wimbledon.
Swiatek stabilized in the second set and hit 10 winners, and she turned the third set into a rout. Swiatek became the first Polish woman to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open and is trying to become the first top-seeded woman to win it since Serena Williams in 2014.
Jessica Pegula knocked out two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 to advance to her third major quarter-final of 2022 and reach this round for the first time at Flushing Meadows.
Play was suspended for around 45 minutes at 1-1 in the first set as the rain poured down. There is a retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but it was only closed after a downpour soaked the pitch.
The American Tennis Association said in a statement that its “weather team” had told US Open organizers that no rain was expected. The statement added: “Unfortunately a pop-up solar shower has occurred.”
Eighth seed Pegula is the highest ranked American woman and the only player in the top 10 in singles and doubles.
She clinched the last three games of Monday’s first set, which ended in a double fault from 21st Kvitova, and then the last six games of the fourth-round match after leading 2-0 in the second set.
Pegula is a 28 year old young woman born in New York. His parents own the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and the Buffalo Sabers of the NHL.
She is 0-3 in Grand Slam quarter-finals so far, including defeats at this stage at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. The loss in Paris came to No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek, who could be Pegula’s next opponent at Flushing Meadows.
Andrey Rublev reached his sixth Grand Slam quarter-final by beating Cam Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in a game delayed by around 25 minutes as the retractable roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium remained open for a downpour.
Rublev, seeded No. 9, is in his third quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows. But he’s 0-2 at this point in New York — and 0-5 in every major.
Rublev will next face 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or 24-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, who were due to meet later on Monday.
No. 7 Norrie was trying to reach the second Grand Slam quarter-final of his career – and of this year. He lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in July.
Play resumed between two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and No. 8 seed Jessica Pegula at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a 45-minute rain delay while they waited for the retractable roof to close and the pitch to dry.
The fourth-round match was halted midway through game three with the score at 1-all.
Action also returned to Louis Armstrong Stadium between No 7 Cam Norrie and No 9 Andrey Rublev after a delay of just under 25 minutes.
Shortly after their replay, Rublev closed the second set for a 6-4, 6-4 lead in their fourth-round match.
No other Flushing Meadows courts have a roof, so play is suspended in doubles and junior matches.
Rain is delaying play for all matches at Flushing Meadows, even at the two retractable-roof arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The courts weren’t covered when a light drizzle turned into a heavy downpour.
The match at Ashe between two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and No. 8 seed Jessica Pegula was midway through the third game with the score at 1-all.
The match at Armstrong between No. 7 Cam Norrie and No. 9 Andrey Rublev was in the third set with Rublev leading a set and a break at 6-4, 4-3.
The game began on Day 8 at Flushing Meadows, with No. 7 seed Cam Norrie facing No. 9 Andrey Rublev at Louis Armstrong Stadium for a quarter-final berth.
The winner of this match will face 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or 24-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, who is scheduled to play at Arthur Ashe Stadium later on Monday.
After a series of upsets and the defeat of Serena Williams in what should be her last match, having left no former US Open women’s champion on the court, all eyes are now on the No. 1 Iga Swiatek. The two-time French Open champion will try to qualify for the US Open quarter-finals for the first time when she faces unseeded Jule Niemeier.
The Ashe schedule begins at noon with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova taking on top-ranked American woman Jessica Pegula.
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