Del Potro Looking Dangerous At US Open, Murray Wins; Djokovic, Nadal Back On Court Friday
by Staff | September 2nd, 2016, 12:53 am
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After an easy opening win over Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martin del Potro finally met a challenge Thursday night on Arthur Ashe against Steve Johnson, the highest seeded American man in the field. And del Potro met the challenge with flying colors cruising past the No. 19 seed 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round.

The win was del Potro’s first under the lights in New York where he had previously been 0-3. The Argentine who won the US Open in 2009 will duel David Ferrer who outlasted Fabio Fognini in five sets in a match that ended just before 1am.

Earlier on a day when rain halted afternoon play by almost four hours, under the new Ashe roof Andy Murray advanced over Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. It wasn’t vintage Murray but it was enough to get past the Spaniard.

“I felt I did pretty well,” Murray said. “It was a 20-, 25-minute period in the match where it was tough and, you know, tricky. Got myself in a situation that maybe, you know, I could have avoided if I had taken one or two of the set points that I had at 5-2 or 5-3.”

Murray lines up Paolo Lorenzi in the third round after the Italian beat Gilles Simon in a fifth set tiebreak. The 40th-ranked Lorenzi was just 2-21 in his career in Grand Slams entering the 2016 US Open!

2014 finalist Kei Nishikori survived a 2.5 hour rain delay and the power of 6-foot-6 20-year-old Karen Khachanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

“It wasn’t easy match,” Nishikori said. “He served really well second and third sets. Having really tough time with my return game. But after rain delay, you know, I change some tactics and start working really well. Yeah, it was really tough match but happy to win.”

Nishikori now meets Nicolas Mahut on Saturday.

Grigor Dimitrov was another five set winner, beating Jeremy Chardy. He’ll face Joao Sousa in the third round. Stan Wawrinka also won easily.

Young next gen players Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem won while Alexander Zverev fell to Brit Dan Evans. Kyrgios remains bothered by a hip injury.

“It was obviously bothering me a little bit. But, you know, I’m doing everything I can for it. I’m getting a lot of physio for it,” Kyrgios said. “But my serve sort of got me out of trouble tonight.

“Guys with big games, guys that obviously can serve well, I think these courts favor them a lot. I feel comfortable playing here. I think I’m returning really good on these courts. I’ve always felt comfortable coming here.”

And American teen Jared Donaldson continued to show promise beating Viktor Troicki in three sets to reach the third round where he’ll meet ace king Ivo Karlovic.

“Honestly, whether or not I get a lot of attention, I’m still 120 in the world,” Donaldson said. “That’s not amazing. That’s not where I want to end up. It’s 120 in the world. I want to be top 10, top 5, No. 1. Eventually, if I get to that ranking, I’ll have enough attention, almost too much attention. I just have to make sure that I stay focused on my game, try not to let the outside factors kind of dictate how I play or act. I just have to keep improving.

“I remember coming here when I was 12. It was really cool to watch all the best players in the world play here. Now I’m thankful that I’m one of those players now.”

On the start of the third round, Novak Djokovic finally returns after three days off to face former US Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny. Rafael Nadal returns to take on Andrey Kuznetsov and Jack Sock meets 2014 champion Marin Cilic. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga collides with Kevin Anderson in another good match.

US OPEN FRIDAY SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Madison Keys (USA)[8] vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[4] vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)
Catherine Bellis (USA) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)[2]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[7] vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)
Jack Sock (USA)[26] vs. Marin Cilic (CRO)[7]
Petra Kvitova (CZE)[14] vs. Elina Svitolina (UKR)[22]
Not Before: 5:30 PM
John Isner (USA)[20] vs. Kyle Edmund (GBR)


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67 Comments for Del Potro Looking Dangerous At US Open, Murray Wins; Djokovic, Nadal Back On Court Friday

Margot Says:

RZ: Did you see Dan won! What is going on? Think he and that adorable Nicky won a round too….;)


AndyMira Says:

Yeah,DelPo really really looking dangerous indeed..and he maybe will meet with Thiem in 4th,Wawa/Kyrgios in QF and very possibly Andy in semis..and if things go according to plan..Rafa vs Novak in another semi..he he..very mouth watering encounter..although maybe this mouth watering will end up with eyes watering and another ruined sofa[and we know who's sofa is this] for me..but,bring it on baby!


J-Kath Says:

AM

“….maybe this mouth watering will end up with eyes watering….”

Taa for first smile of morning.


AndyMira Says:

JK…Ha ha ha..But i still think Andy will come out on top IF they were going to meet..BIG forehand or not,Andy will exploit DelPo’s weaknesess mercilessly..as for Rafa…i didn’t even dare to hope!Novak..fragile or not,still a very very dangerous beast..Brrr!


Margot Says:

AM Just strapped a massive box of tissues onto my pet pigeon and sending her over to you …..just in case. :)


AndyMira Says:

Oh M…that’s very kind of you…thank you soooo much but err..i think the mystery solved about why my cat’s mouth was so full of feathers!

#Pleaseforgivemycat#


Margot Says:

Lol AM, first my sofa, now my pigeon! Anyone would think…..


nits Says:

Why nobody is talking about Cilic??
Isn’t he playing good??
He is a dark horse People


AndyMira Says:

M…He he he…I promised to buy you a new one..but this one a little bit different and special and veryyyyyy expensive!Not to mention very exotic…Check this picture baby!

http://seramaclubgb.weebly.com/


Humble Rafa Says:

Why nobody is talking about Cilic??

Nobody talks about someone who was assigned to court 17.


RZ Says:

@Margot – yes, I saw that Dan can be good…when he wants to be! I guess the Davis Cup success and the rise of Kyle Edmund made him want to get his game together.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Very excited for DelPo. His match against Ferrer will be the highlight of R3. Out of the pre-tourney challengers (per me) Milos is out, Cilic, Rafa, Del Potro, Thiem, Murray playing well, Novak questionable. His match today will be very telling – of course, he has shown many times he can stumble through opening rounds and win a slam, but if only has the form of that 1st round, it won’t be enough this time.


Django Says:

Is Novak getting another night match? Nadal is on his second one.


Van Persie Says:

Day match for Djoko


RZ Says:

What do I have in common with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams? I’m #1!!!! On the bracket challenge, that is. It won’t last so I have to milk it while I can. :-)


Nits Says:

@ RZ enjoy till it last


J-Kath Says:

RZ

Your Certificate is being prepared – plus a wee bottle of tipex has been ordered just in case some audacious tennis player beats your chosen player.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats RZ!

I am the eternal Nr. 4, like Berdych :)


Margot Says:

@nits
At the mo Sock is putting Cilic to the sword, a set and a break up.
Baggy suddenly playing better, but in a tussle with this match. A set up, but a break down in 2nd.


Van Persie Says:

Looks like Sock is the new dark horse


RZ Says:

Always nice to see Baghdatis have a good run, but too bad Ryan Harrison couldn’t consolidate on his big upset in the previous round.


courbon Says:

@ nits: People to you-He is dangerous every once in a bleu moon…
@RZ: Absolutely-blow your trumpet as much as you can! (:-
Margot: Send you pigeon to my house-I’ll send you some foie gras…I know is tough back in Uk since Brexit….
and lock all you sheeps-Wog Boy is coming to Wales!!!
Van Persie: Its not important to win, but to participate….( hmmm…deep coughing )


Nits Says:

Madison key won
What a match
Full throttle hitting from both wings
In the end experience of Key got her home
Best women match of USO till date


Nits Says:

Djokovic sailing easily


Daniel Says:

Wow, Djoko getting basically another walkover, Youzhny retiring after 2-4 down. Another break fr him, probably taking the Gods;-)

Next Isner, which won’t be a physical demanding match. Also Cilic lost so his QF, on paper, tuff opponent is gone, although Cilic is no competition for Djoko.


Van Persie Says:

Nits, Nole’s match was also not bad :). I can’t believe this. 2 Walkover Courbon, thank you. Appreciate the kind words :)


Van Persie Says:

Ok, enough training for today


J-Kath Says:

If I didn’t know better, I’d say this is a conspiracy. Shall we consider asterisks for Nole??? Ouch, someone’s glaring at me.


courbon Says:

J-Kath-You are walking the tight rope, darling….


courbon Says:

I think this must be best statistic I ever seen in tennis-
Novak-Points won on first serve-100%
I know, I know, they only played 6 games….


Daniel Says:

Monfils pretty solid so far, a break up in second set. Heading for a straight sets win


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,

You are on a roll, the sheep are safe, but not bartenders, particularly female ones.
On my way to travel agency to book the tickets for me and the boys who are coming from Australia to play for Serbia, still, Wales is heavy favorite, Margot should tell her boys to go easy on us.
Do they speak English in Wales?;)


Wog Boy Says:

Nole should keep Viktor and Tipsy in NY since they kicked the bucket yesterday, he needs somebody to practice with.


courbon Says:

WB: What are your boys playing?
Seriously, Welsh is sooooo different from English….
While , I do not like Novak having walkovers, this time I think is probably good because of injury.We shall see.
PS: I loved Jeremija photos from yesterday.And for the end , one of Grunfs famous T-Shirt slogans:
Ako hoces pobjediti, onda nesmijes izgubiti…


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,

It is qualification for Rugby league World cup next year in Australia, we are in group with Wales and Italy, very slim chances, not to many people in Serbia even know that rugby league is played in Serbia. We didn’t manage to get best Aussie players who are entitled to play for Serbia by international RL rules (one of the parents or grandparents born on teritory of former Yugoslavia), we can’t afford to pay for their insurance, but the boys that are coming from here to join ones in Serbia are ready to leave their everything on the field, we just want to influence boys in Serbia to keep going and spreading their wings, they are good boys, they are not payed, they play for the love of the game.


J-Kath Says:

“Do they speak English in Wales?;)”

Not if they don’t want to.


courbon Says:

WB-Thank you for info-That sounds quite cool to me.
aAnd playing for love of the game-that is almost unheard these days…Keep going, its nice what are you doing.
Here is one quick link for you-you may change your mind regaring Wales trip…
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/98/0e/f6/980ef6b84571367c6ef87fe84c4bce36.jpg


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I hsve get myself ready for all sorts of surprises, my first encounter with Dublin was, “are they really speak English?”


courbon Says:

J-Kath-First insulting Novak, now Welsh…ccccc….


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks for the link Frenchie, hmmm…I’ll give it another thought…I like high heels and stockings..;)


Wog Boy Says:

BTW Frenchie, I have a good feeling that Nole can win this USO…if his opponents keep doing WOs..


courbon Says:

WB-Absolutely, five more WO and Novak wins it!
I thought you may like stockings.(-: ( by the way, name of the link is :Velska kurva…)


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie, have a look at this video about serbian rugby league or “rugby 13″ as they call it there. Video was made six months ago when we have them here to bond with local Aussies who were suppose to play for Serbia , you will like it:

https://vimeo.com/158446113


courbon Says:

WB-Thanks-I just finished watching video-I did not know anything about Serbian Rugby.Nice guys.


Wog Boy Says:

Don’t worry Frenchie, most of the people don’t even know that game exist, as I said before. Tell your brother and friends to go and support them on 22nd of october in Belgrade, very important game against Italy, I’ll be there too.

BTW, the most capped team is “Dorćol”.


courbon Says:

Dorcol, only good memories…( prva ljubav, krug dvojke…eh, ubija me nostalgija )
I’ll tell some mates.


Wog Boy Says:

“Od toga moze da se rikne” tell me about nostalgija, even after 30 years living overseas it is stronger than ever.


courbon Says:

Wb-Istina brate, istina…Off to bed now, speak to you soon.Laku noc


J-Kath Says:

Courbon

I was a medal winning Highland dancer when knee-high to a grasshopper so know how to walk the tight-rope. Irrespective of it being a “tight-rope” remark, without a doubt it would be said of Andy if he was in those shoes. I’ve got a rye grin on my face not a nasty one against Nole….

As for Wales, in a team game a language that isn’t English helps – the team can give wee instructions/plan with each other and the other side doesn’t understand. Good on you Wales!

Wog Boy: I also have trouble with the Irish accent – and guess what is supposed to me my region’s “TV home news”.

Wogboy: PS: I also like high heels and stockings.

Back to Tennis….I think Danica might appreciate it….If you’re still there, Danica, the nwsp. “Fail” is a play on the “Daily Mail”.


courbon Says:

and just before going to bed, it comes thunder from Highlands.
J-Kath, if Novak has another WO, then I will belive in conspiracy ( or simply, some dodgy looking Serbian bloke leaving a horse head in a bed of Youyzny or Jiri? )…(-:
Dont worry about Nole, Andy is winning US Open…
And know, I’m off to bed.Good night


RZ Says:

John Isner and Kyle Edmund are in a 4th set tiebreak. Come on Kyle!


RZ Says:

There’s at least 1 British man in the 4th round!


AndyMira Says:

@RZ…and he’s to meet with Novak![sigh furiously]


chrisford1 Says:

J-Kath

“I’ve got a rye grin on my face not a nasty one against Nole….”

I thought they use roasted barley for Scotch Wiskey! Of course, living in M America, maybe you picked up a taste for Canadian or US rye whiskey.

I personally get a wry grin from, at times, downing lots of cabernet.


Danica Says:

Yup, still here, trying to make sense of this USO ;)
Great win for Kyle. I am not at all confident in Nole.
Rafa’s playing awesome. That backhand! And the second to last point of his match – just otherworldly.

Can’t remember what the thing was regarding the “Daily Mail” (?). :/


Danica Says:

Sorry, meant to say “forehand” when talking about Rafa.


AndyMira Says:

Hey M..did you notice that British youngsters start to insert themselves into a big stage these last couple of months?Kyle historic win over serbia and now in 4th round?And Konta with her stunning rise in ranking and made herself known in just one year?Maybe they got inspirations from Andy?


AndyMira Says:

@Dani…Novak’s body language is very convincing and positive today..he seems got his usual determination and fighting spirit even though he’s only on court for 30 minutes..Totally different from the 1st round the other day..


Van Persie Says:

Agree with Andy Mira. Nole’s body language was much, much better…so there is hope :)
See Rafa is doing also very well. We will have most likely a Nole-Rafa semifinal…but, who knows.


Anto Says:

Rafa has not yet faced people who can even remotely trouble him. So we cant jump to conclusions as of now. Still it will be interesting to see a Rafa Nole “competitive” semi match. I said competitive because I am almost sure about the result (Djoko wins).


AndyMira Says:

Hey VP..Yeah,in the 1st round the other day..there’s nothing positive whatsoever about Novak except his result..it was like he’s suffering from physical illness like fever or something but today..we can see the old Novak was on court and that is an improvement..I still think it’s going to be another NOLANDY final in the horizon..

Btw…How are you VP?


Van Persie Says:

Hi AM,

Thanks for asking. Am fine. Struggeling with a lot of work lately, but today, thanks God it’s Saturday :)
How are you ?


J-Kath Says:

Chrisford 1

100% for trying. “Rye” grins result from lack of whisky or whiskey, and lack of cabernet or a cardboard box of the red stuff. Am off to town to remedy the lack.

Courbon: Thank you for your very elegant goodnight message. A-hmph. Am clinging on to the belief that either Nole or Andy will win….but this US is the most un-predictable GS ever…so I’m sticking a pin in the names and then betting.


AndyMira Says:

Glad to hear that VP…and that was expected considering you just returned from a successful holiday yes?About work,they’re never end VP..Just take it easy okay?Btw..I’m fine also VP..Thanks for asking!


J-Kath Says:

Danica: I think I got you confused with someone else on a different thread. Apologies.


courbon Says:

J-Kath:You expected elegancy from the Serb builder?
Dream on….
( there is unexpected benefit being from dodgy Balkan-You see, other week I said something poltically incorrect during the dinner with my Brit friends, and people who did not know me, had a schock on their faces, while my other English friends just smiled and said to them:”Forgive him, he is a Serb..”, guest then change faces and smiled with a nod..its bit like a Basil Faulty saying to customers about Manuel-he is from Barcelona…)
But the back to the tennis, Murray really looks good at the moment and Ndal may be a Dark horse…Novak? Hard to say right now.


J-Kath Says:

Courbon:

Lost for words….

Don’t celebrate too much….I’ll recover.

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