Federer Motors Into US Open Final 16, Djokovic’s Shoulder OK; Kyrgios-Rublev Up Next

by Staff | August 31st, 2019, 12:19 am

After two scratchy starts, Roger Federer was all business early Friday at the US Open, pounding Dan Evans 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in just 80 minutes to secure a berth in his 18th fourth round in New York.

“At the end of the day, I think what matters the most for me is that I am in the third round, after all, after those two sort of slow starts,” said Federer who had lost the opening set in his first two matches. “Give myself another opportunity to do better, and I did.

“You almost tend to forget what happened and you move forward. You’re, like, I actually can go through, you know, three sets in a row playing really good tennis. You know, I showed that also in the last couple of matches.

“Today was good. You know, different conditions. I was able to adjust and take care of business. So it was good.”

Evans wasn’t thrilled of having to play at noon after winning in four sets yesterday, but he did have doubles later in the as well.

“It’s tough. I actually thought I was first on today because I had doubles,” said Evans. “I actually asked the ATP guy and that wasn’t the case. I don’t know. You know, it would have been nice to be second or a night match, you know. But, you know, I’m not sure who plays Novak, but, you know, someone’s going to get the short straw and it was me.”

Federer will now take on David Goffin who eased past former US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(5), 7-6(9), 7-5. Goffin just made the finals at Cincinnati and is playing well.

Alex De Minaur upended No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 for his first career Top 20 win and earn a spot in his first Grand Slam fourth round.

“It was amazing,” the Australian said of the win. “I have been in this situation before, and this is where I want to be. This is where I feel like my game’s at. I want to be pushing these guys, I want to be pushing second weeks of Grand Slams and putting myself out there. So very happy.”

Grigor Dimitrov advanced over Polish lucky loser Kamil Majchrzak to continue his great draw. He’ll now get the 21-year-old De Minaur.

Stan Wawrinka got back into the fourth round after eliminating lucky loser and marathon man Paolo Lorenzi. A day after going 4-hour, 48-minutes, the 37-year-old Lorenzi battled the Swiss tough in a 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(4).

“Feel great, really happy with the win,” the 2016 champ Wawrinka said. “It was a good battle on the court. Important to win. I’ve done some better things on the court, but I was really happy fighting well, moving well. I’m really happy to get through that one.

“Today was not tennis-wise the best. Again, most important is to win. Those victories give me confidence for the next one.”

Wawrinka will now meet Novak Djokovic. The Serb postponed practice multiple times Friday fueling the rumor he would not play due to that injury shoulder, but the World No. 1 had no issues tonight in a strong 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Denis Kudla.

“That I managed to play almost pain-free, that’s a big improvement from last match obviously,” Djokovic said. “I didn’t know how my body would react. That was nice.”

But he wouldn’t go into more about the injury.

“I’m not going to go into the medical details,” he added. “But it definitely was bothering me in the past couple weeks.”

Djokovic leads Wawrinka 19-5 but the Swiss beat him twice in Slam finals.

“I played him twice in final of Grand Slam. I was full confidence,” said Wawrinka. “I was playing well, moving well, at the top of my game. For sure I could only play the best tennis when it’s the final.

“We practice so many times during those years together. As you said, played many times against each other. Is always difficult to play. There’s something with him that when I get into my best game, I know that it’s going to have some big rally, I’m going to play good tennis.”

Former Tulane standout continued his dream week ousting No. 17 seed Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-3, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1. He’ll now get Daniil Medvedev who outlasted 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez in four sets 7-6(1). 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4.

After the win, Medvedev jokingly thanked the crowd who booed him all night. “I want all of you guys to know, when you go to sleep at night, I won because of you,” he said.

On tap Saturday, the fourth round concludes with a super showdown between Nick Kyrgios and Andrey Rublev.

Rafael Nadal returns after a few days off to face Hyeon Chung. The Korean qualifier comes in off of two 5-set matches.

Gael Monfils meets Denis Shapovalov and Marin Cilic clashes with John Isner.

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25 Comments for Federer Motors Into US Open Final 16, Djokovic’s Shoulder OK; Kyrgios-Rublev Up Next

Giles Says:

Lol. Surprise surprise. That was a very quick recovery.

skeezer Says:

Djoker is so loved by the fans….. “I’ll find you”

Django Says:

So glad that his rotator weakness was managed well. Hopefully, he will get through the next few.
One match at a time.

chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic doesn’t suffer hecklers messing with him while in a serving motion, nor do quite a few other players. He will walk up to the person or point and more or less communicate he won’t be messed with and will get hecklers ejected.
Similar to golf. You don’t yell to throw someone off in the middle of their swing or putting motion.
The tickets are so expensive I don’t want to do anything to get thrown out, personally. The whole day is lost and if you are part of a group, they have to retrieve you if you leave on foot because someone else in the group has the car.
I guess you could say, if you are the heckler, you got Djokovic’s goat. But he may be the goat some day! :)
And unless if comes up with the media, people like Novak and Andy Murray forget there was a heckler once the dope is tossed out.

Novak Djokovic has 267 weeks as #1. It is now a mathematical certainty he will pass Connors and Lendl in weeks at #1 (268, 270),
He passed Rafa a while ago.

FedExpress Says:

how f slow did they make the court?

Daniel Says:

Kyrgios out to Rublev in straights.

Monfils up a break vs Shapovalov fifth set. He is now the favorite to reach semis in that quarter.

skeezer Says:

Monfil finally stepping into the court more to hit his groundies. Bout time and looking good. Can he keep it up?

Daniel Says:

Federer lost only 4 points this final set so far. 8 out of 8 break points. Massacre.

Only thing stopping a Fed x Djoko semis is either Wawrinka or Medvededv (or Djoko’s left shoulder), because this Federer is not losing to neither Dimitrov nor the other guy.

Daniel Says:

2 straight return winners to set MP

jatin Says:

What a CLINIC that was. Absolute delight to watch. Winners all around.
I am loving the way he is hitting Forehands this tournament. Give me the peak fed’s Forehand Vibe. :)

He is in quater finals again…

Daniel Says:

Tied Agassi record 13 QF in USO.

skeezer Says:

Awesome match by Fed against a quality opponent.

Giles Says:

^^ You.mean bunny surely.

skeezer Says:

Goffin is no Bunny: Current ranking is 15. HIs highest was 7.
Chung is more like it( Bunny opponent ). Ranking No. 346.
Rafa faces Cilic, according to your standards, a worse Bunny than Goffin, current rank 23.

Daniel Says:

Wawa will serve for the first set. Oddily I thought Djoko was better overall bar that 0-40 game. He had chances in 2 Wawa’s game and Wawa saved hinself with a few aces. This match could be long if Wawa indeed close this 1st set.

chrisford1 Says:

Daniel, Djokovic got an unfortunate draw. Stan sees Novak on the other side of the net and somehow he always plays his best. He is a tough out for Djokovic and often the winner on a big stage. I don’t mind because such matches probably because I like Stan, and his great matches will have Stan solidly in the 3rd tier of the best players of this era, (Big 3, then Andy, then the 3rd group – Ferrer, Wawrinka, Delpo, maybe Cilic if he does something exceptional at several Slams in the next 5 years)

The draw was not kind to Novak.
Stan, then latest bete noire Daniil, then Fed, then Rafa – that is his path when he is obviously working on an injury and not at 100%.

Daniel Says:

Wawa 2-0. Can Djoko come down from this against Wawa, one of his tougher nemesis in Slams?!

skeezer Says:

Djoker quits.

Daniel Says:


Poor Djoko, again plagued by injury. He didn’t retire in a match in a long time, specially not as defending champion.

Hope he recovers for the rest of the year. At least he has some 3 weeks before Asian swing or skip it and focus on Paris and WTF.

Raj Says:

This is what choker known for .. great job wawrinka

Daniel Says:

Huge opportunity for Fedal. The man who beat them in the last Slam finals is out. This is happing up as another AO 2017.

Fed to me is virtually in finals: can’t not seem losing to Dimi nor Wawa (who never beat Fed on HC) nor headache Medvedev fighting and provoking the NY crowd every match. He won’t stand a semis with the whole, I mean 99% against him.

For Nadal, the only threats are Cilic (who can and had beat him in Slam), although I am not sold on his form right now and Zverev Jr, who is trying to save his awful year. Semis will be a bye (Rublev or Monfils).

Should the Fedal final happens, great implications for the GOAT debate.

– #19 for Nadal and 20 next year is a given, Fed losing last 2 straight Slam finals to Djoko and Nadal will crush him for good at 38. Nadal finally gets a win over Fed outside clay and prime position for year end #1.

– #21 for Federer beating Nadal again In Slam, will pace each of the 3 with 4 Slams over the last 3 years (they were 17/14/12 end of 2016); 3 years will go by and nothing will change: 21/18/16.
Federer will solidify his lead over Nadal outside clay and will have a chance at Year End #1

This Slam matters more for Federer I think with the way Wimbledon plays out. Its a Slam he has to win now if he has any intention of finishing his career as GOAT. And he can’t let hisl edge over Nadal outside clay fades. Clock is ticking against him and this can be his swan song full redemption.

Tense match from now on for Fedal every time they play as Djoko’s loss adds extra pressure on them.

chrisford1 Says:

He may not feel like celebrating too much after his injury force-out of the US Open, but in the next 4 weeks, he passes Jimmy Connors 268 and Lendl at 270 weeks at #1. That is a great achievement. Only Sampras and Federer are ahead of him after that.

Great opportunity for both Federer and young phenom Medvedev

Daniel Says:

Also, ATP race Nadal already ahead of Djoko with his R16 and Djoko’s:

– Nadal: 7.405 (can add QF, semis and final/title
– Djoko: 7.265
– Federer: 5.510 (wu=th QF)

Should Federer win he also passes 7.000 pts: 7.150 (just 110 behind Djoko). Nadal will depend if he reaches final or lose early. It could be a 3 man race till last match in London.

Should neither Fedal wins it, it will comedown to Nadal and Djoko. Assuming Djoko can recovery from hi injury in time for end of year without no surgery r nothing too serious.

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