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US Open Day 6 | Roger and Rafa edge closer

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are edging closer to their scheduled semi-final meeting at the US Open which, if it materialises, will surprisingly be, in view of their lengthy careers, the first time the pair have played a match against each other at Flushing Meadows. They have shown a bit of ‘rustiness’ in their respective wins in New York this week despite the fact that the two thirty-year-olds, after lengthy lay-offs last year, returned to the game to dominate the Grand...

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US Open Day 6 | CoCo finds her way past Radwanska

They had met six times before and Agnieszska Radwanska had won five of them, while CoCo Vandeweghe had come away with a total of just 28 games. “Aga is a really difficult player to play against,” said Vandeweghe, who charted 49 winners to 54 unforced errors. “She puts you in a lot of tough situations. You can second-guess yourself sometimes. I just tried to stay focused and...

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US Open Day 6 | Fognini is banned

The big news of the afternoon as far as the men’s game was concerned was the decision to default Fabio Fognini out of the US Open following his verbal abuse of an umpire. In a surprise announcement Fognini, who had lost his first-round match against his countryman Stefano Travaglia when he made the controversial comments, had already attracted a $24,000 (£18,000) fine for the offence but the Grand Slam Board who investigated the incident further, decided the abuse was of such a level it merited further punishment under the Grand Slam Code in what they deemed was a Major...

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US Open Day 6 | Kasatkina takes out Ostapenko

At the US Open on Saturday, Daria Kasatkina dispatched the French Open Champion, Jelena Ostapenko, the 12th-seed, 6-3 6-2, and moved into the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career. The Latvian, who broke into the limelight in June when she blasted her way to the Roland Garros title, got off to a fast start on the temporary Louis Armstrong Stadium, but the unseeded Kasaktina mixed her game with sliced backhands and chopped forehands to slow her opponent...

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US Open Day 6 | Pliskova survives Zhang scare

Karolina Pliskova showed the steel of a World No 1 as she fought off a match point to claim a riveting 3-6 7-5 6-4 comeback win over Zhang Shuai in the US Open third round on Saturday. The currently occupying top spot, Pliskova, who has a pack snapping at her heels to take it over, needs to get back into the final to remain at the summit of the WTA rankings, but she got off to a slow start on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Day 6 of US Open is the turning point towards the sharp end of the tournament...

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US Open Day 5 | Querrey becomes last American standing

With the eradication of Marin Cilic from the draw earlier in the day, the prospects for the big serving Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey, seeded 10 and 17 respectively, finally winning the US Open on behalf of their nation for the first time since Andy Roddick in 2003, looked a likely bet. They were scheduled to meet in the next round only for Isner to blot his copy-book by losing after two-hours and 3-minutes to the German seeded 23, Mischa Zverev, 6-4 6-3...

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US Open Day 5 | Sharapova swats away snipes and Kenin

Maria Sharapova shrugged off scheduling snipes to advance to the fourth round of the US Open in prime time in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night of Labor Day weekend. It was just the language the Russian likes to use, winning on the biggest tennis stage in the world, her response to comments from Caroline Wozniacki complaining after she was eliminated that Sharapova was scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium while she played out on a field...

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US Open Day 5 | Venus wins as Serena gives birth to baby girl

On the day her sister went into labour, Venus Williams could well be forgiven for being a little distracted. While she was on court, it was reported she had become an aunt as Serena, 35, gave birth to a baby girl weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, with father and fiancé Alexis Ohanian present. According to multiple reports, Serena delivered her first child on Friday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach,...

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US Open Day 5 | Edmund retires and Cilic is downed

Emulating very much previous day’s results, Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and this year’s Wimbledon finalist, crashed out of Flushing Meadows leaving the door wide open for a new name to make a grand slam final and that could well be Denis Shapovalov who brought Kyle Edmund’s run to an end. The 18-year-old Canadian continues to spring surprises and once he had the measure of Edmund, the last Briton in either singles draw, he was able to use his speed and power to take control of the match after dropping the first...

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