U.S.Open Day 6
Nadal, Federer, Ferrer Roll to Final 16; Kohlschreiber Denies Isner Anew; Gasquet, Raonic, Robredo Advance
August 31, 2013 ITS Staff: New York- World No. 2 Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Championships with another solid performance this time beating tough Ivan Dodig in straight sets on the hard-courts at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. Nadal won 6-4 6-3 6-3 without losing his serve. The 12-time Grand Slam champion hit 37 winners and broke Dodig’s serve four times while saving to breakpoints he faced in the 2 hour and 8 minute match.
In the fourth round, Nadal will Philipp Kohlschreiber, who for the second straight year defeated American John Isner winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in two hours and 47 minutes. It was Kohlschreiber who denied the 6-foot-9 Isner in the same round last year in an unforgettable five-set thriller which ended in the wee hours at around 3 am.
World No. 4 David Ferrer was one of the first winners on Saturday to advance to the round of 16s out-steadying Kazakhstan’s No.172 ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in just under three hours. The Valencian Ferrer will meet Serbia’s No. 18 seed Janko Tipsarevic who rallied past American Jack Sock 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and 33 minutes.
Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer again cruised into the fourth round by demolishing lefty Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 on Saturday in just one hour and 21 minutes. Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion sets up a showdown with fellow 30+age grouper Tommy Robredo for a spot in the quarter-finals. Robredo halted the run of Great Britain’s Daniel Evans 7-6(6), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
Canadian Milos Raonic, No.10 seed, entered the fourth round for the second straight year after out-slugging Feliciano Lopez 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Raonic, who did not lose his serve, tossed a remarkable 28 aces while breaking Lopez 4 time in the two hour 37 minute battle. Raonic now faces No.8 seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet who advanced to the final 16 for the second consecutive year after Russian No.32 seed Dmitry Tursunov retired due to leg injury with the scoreline 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 4-2.
Streaking Halep Crushes Kirilenko; Kvitova Ousted; Pennetta Beats Kuznetsova
August 31 2013 ITS Staff: New York - Seventh-seed Petra Kvitova was stunned by American Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in the third round on Saturday at the U.S.Open Championship in Flushing Meadows.
The 2011 Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who follows No.4 seed Sara Errani to the sidelines in the first week, committed 27 unforced errors and double-faulted 7 times in the 65 minute match
Italian No. 83 Flavia Pennetta defeated 2004 U.S.Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.27 seed, 7-5, 6-1. The former No.10 Pennetta will face 4-time WTA Tour winner of 2013. Simona Halep, the No. 21 seed who crushed No. 14 Maria Kirilenko, 6-1, 6-0. Both Kuznetsova and Pennetta, were absent during last year’s US Open due to injuries.
The red-hot Romanian Halep entered the third-round match with Kirilenko having won 33 of her last 38 matches which brought her into the WTA Top 20 rankings. Only Serena Williams has more tournament wins this season with eight.
Halep won in Nuremburg, Den Bosch, Budapest and last week at New Haven where she beat Kvitova in the final. Her only losses, since Roland Garros, were against Li Na in Wimbledon second round; against Flavia Pennetta in the second round at Bastad; and Serena Williams in the Cincinnati quarterfinals.
Men’s Singles Third Round Saturday August 31
4-David Ferrer beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
10 Milos Raonic beat 23-Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
18-Janko Tipsarevic beat Jack Sock 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1, 6-2
2-Rafael Nadal beat Ivan Dodig 6-4 6-3 6-3
7-Roger Federer beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-0 6-2
19-Tommy Robredo beat Daniel Evans 7-6(6), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
8-Richard Gasquet beat 32-Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 4-2 ret.
22-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat 13-John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
Women’s Singles Third Round Saturday August 31
2-Victoria Azarenka beat 26-Alize Cornet 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2
21-Simona Halep beat 14-Maria Kirilenko 6-1 6-0
Alison Riske beat 7-Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-0
Flavia Pennetta beat 27-Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 6-1
13-Ana Ivanovic beat Christina McHale 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
10-Roberta Vinci vs. Karin Knapp
Daniela Hantuchova beat Julia Glushko 3-6 7-5 7-6(4)
6-Caroline Wozniacki vs. Camila Giorgi
Day 10: Gasquet Faces Streaking Nadal in Semis
Day 10: Huey, Inglot Denied Final Four Spot by Melo, Dodig
Day 9: Azarenka Edges Ivanovic, Enter Quarter-finals
Day 8: Robredo Shocks Federer in First Win After 11 Tries
Day 8: Huey, Inglot Enter QF; Bryans Closer to Grand Slam
Day 7: Serena Stops Stephens; Noles, Murray into 4th rd
Day 6: Nadal, Federer, Roll On; Isner Falls; Halep Tops Kirilenko
Day 3: Murray Cruises in Title Defense Opener; Del Potro Battles Past Lopez; Radswanka, Li Na reach 3rd rd; Venus Ousted by Zheng
Day 2: Federer, Berdych Ease to Second Round; Errani, Kvitova, Ivanovic Advance; Stosur Shocked by 17-year old;
Day 1: Nishikori Upset; Radswanka, Li Na Cruise; Venus Upsets Flipkens;
Last American Standing: U.S. Men's Players Ousted First Week
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