Medvedev, Kyrgios Set Fourth Round US Open Clash; Nadal, Alcaraz v Brooksby Sat.
The first big men’s showdown is set at the US Open. On Sunday, Daniil Medvedev will take on Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round.
Tonight, both guys cruised into the meeting. Kyrgios manhandled the promising JJ Wolf 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. The Australian 21 aces, and never broke serve on the night as he reached his first US Open fourth round.
Youngster Yibing Wu put up a good first set but then faded to the defending champion Medvedev who took it 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
Medvedev has won now 10 straight matches and 21 of his last 23 at the US Open. Medvedev’s hasn’t lost a set, Kyrgios just one.
“We’ve played great matches. I think all have been quite tight on the scoreboard,” Medvedev said. “It’s 3-1 to him but I will try to do better this time and it will be a great match for people to watch.”
In the afternoon, Matteo Berrettini won a grinding match over former champion Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3.
Murray made things interesting dominated the third set breaker and then breaking the big Italian to start the fourth. But Berrettini got it right back and cruised to a sixth straight Slam fourth round.
“You learn from the past and learn from mistakes,” Berrettini on court. “I wasn’t aggressive enough with the break points but that is tennis. I think Andy played a really good set in order to not get broken, but I was feeling better. I had more chances and I thought the same thing in the fourth set. I had my chance and I took it.”
Murray was pleased overall with his progress.
“I want to push and see how far I can go,” Murray said.
“I think I’m improving this year. You know, my ranking, I don’t even know what I was at the beginning of the year, but I’m now around 40-ish in the world and still going hard.
“That will be motivational for me and interesting to see, because lots of people told me I wouldn’t be able to play again, and lots of people told me I’d be able to hit tennis balls but not compete professionally again. That was nonsense, and I want to see how close I can get back to the top of the game. That’s what the motivation is.”
Berrettini will now meet Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who reached a second US Open fourth round after a four set win over qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan.
Two-time semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta won a thrilling match point to hold off Alex De Minaur 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5). Carreno Busta will now clash with Karen Khachanov who got a third set retirement from Brit Jack Draper who had an upper leg injury.
Casper Ruud needed five tough sets and over four hours to outlast Tommy Paul and reach his first US Open fourth round. He’ll face Corentin Moutet who became the first lucky loser to ever reach the last 16 at the US Open.
Tomorrow, a good one pits NextGen stars Carlos Alcaraz and Jenson Brooksby in a first-time meeting. Alcaraz has the power and the flare while Brooksby use his guile and defense to outlast his opponents.
In the evening, Rafael Nadal takes on Richard Gasquet for an 18th time. Nadal has won all previous 17 matches.
Cameron Norrie also meets Holger Rune and Denis Shapovalov takes on Andrey Rublev.
SATURDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium, Day Session – 12:00 PM Start
Yue Yuan (CHN) (Q) vs. Jessica Pegula (USA) 
Jenson Brooksby (USA) vs. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 
7:00 PM Start
Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 
Alizé Cornet (FRA) vs. Danielle Collins (USA) 
Louis Armstrong Stadium, Day Session – 11:00 AM Start
Garbine Muguruza (ESP)  vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 
Petra Martic (CRO) vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 
Not Before 2:00 PM
Diego Schwartzman (ARG)  vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA) 
Louis Armstrong Stadium, Night Session – 7:00 PM Start
Iga Swiatek (POL)  vs. Lauren Davis (USA)
Brandon Nakashima (USA) vs. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 
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