Alcaraz Powers Past Evans, Sinner Advances, Zverev Wins At US Open; Djokovic, Paul v Shelton Sun.

by Staff | September 3rd, 2023, 12:13 am
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Dan Evans finally got a set off Carlos Alcaraz but he needed three in an entertaining 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 loss to the world No. 1.

Alcaraz won his 10th straight US Open match to advance to the fourth round for a third consecutive year.

“He’s a tricky opponent. He always wants to go to the net. Great slices, good touch,” Alcaraz said on court. “I think this is my game as well, so we played a pretty good match. I think the people loved that. We made great points and great shots. A lot of different situations probably than in other matches. I’m really happy to get through and play the fourth round again in the US Open.”

The Spaniard will now face a 22-year-old Italian on Monday, but it’s not Jannik Sinner. Sinner would be Wednesday. Instead, Alcaraz will get prepped by taking on newcomer to the scene Matteo Arnaldi who scored the upset of the afternoon blanking British No. 1 Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Arnaldi has made the very most of his US Open debut making it all the way to the fourth round.

One Brit did get through and that was Jack Draper. The 21-year-old missed the grass and most the hard court swing with a should injury that forced him to retire from Winston Salem last week. But in New York, Draper has been on fire and today behind 13 aces the lefty knocked out Michael Mmoh 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to make his first Grand Slam fourth round.

Draper will now face Andrey Rublev who return to another US Open fourth round by dispatching Arthur Rinderknech in four sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5. Rublev is 0-8 in Grand Slam quarterfinals, 0-3 at the US Open.

Sinner did play and he too dropped his first set and first service game in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over former champion Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m happy about my performance today,” Sinner said on court. “I feel I wasn’t playing at my best, as he wasn’t playing at his best, but in key moments I handled it in a better way than him and I’m happy to be in the next round.”

The Italian will now face Alexander Zverev who saved multiple set points in the second set to wear down Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(2), 7-6(8), 6-1, 6-1. The first two sets took well over two hours, and after dropping the second the Bulgarian was done.

In the late match, Daniil Medvedev came from 5-2 down in second to knock out Sebastian Baez in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(6).

Sunday features the start of the fourth round. Novak Djokovic battles qualifier Borna Gojo for a first time. The 6-foot-5 Croatian came through qualifying and hasn’t dropped a set en route to his first Slam fourth round.

No. 9 and American No. 1 Taylor Fritz draws qualifier Dominic Stricker, No. 10 Frances Tiafoe locks up with Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata and also No. 14 Tommy Paul meets Ben Shelton in a rematch of their Australian Open quarterfinal won by Paul.

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