New York | Draper is last Brit standing.

Of the three Britons who started the day in the men’s draw on Saturday, only one finished safely in the last 16 of the US Open, Jack Draper, who produced another solid performance to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

I had to stay strong and wait for my opportunity in the fourth set and I took advantage of that. It was tough at the end but like I said, I’m very proud of myself Jack Draper

It took the 21-year-old from Sutton, four-minutes over three hours to dispatch the home favourite Michael Mmoh 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-3 as he backed up his excellent straight sets victory in the previous round, over the 17th-seeded Pole, Hubert Hurkacz.

Like that win, Draper was quickly into his stride, taking control early and seemingly cruising through the round but Mmoh, finally energised by the vocal crowd packed into the Grandstand stadium, claimed the third set- the first Draper had conceded in the week- to force a fourth and possible, decider.

“I’m incredibly proud of myself,” Draper said courtside. “It’s been a tough year, so to come here and make the fourth round, I’m so happy with myself.

“To all the people who have helped me, that’s what the celebration was for. It’s been a rough one for me but I’m so happy with the way I came out here today.


Jack Draper marches on

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“These five-set matches aren’t easy. You win the first couple of sets and it looks relatively convincing and he starts picking up his level after a little break and the momentum changes.

“I had to stay strong and wait for my opportunity in the fourth set and I took advantage of that. It was tough at the end but like I said, I’m very proud of myself.”

While Draper celebrated with his arms outstretched, Cameron Norrie was stunned by Matteo Arnaldi, a 22-yer-old from Sanremo in northwestern Italy, 6-3 6-4 6-3.


Matteo Arnaldi takes out the British No.1

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The British No.1, seeded 16 for the championships, was outplayed by the Italian, currently world ranked 61, who reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career with the upset of the day but will now face the top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz who also faced a British opponent in round three.

Alcaraz had met little resistance over the previous two round and was certainly expected to make light work of the British No.2 Dan Evans.

That didn’t prove to be the case. The 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-3 win was hard fought with Evans on more than one occasion, matching the Spaniard for speed and shot but the 21-year-old always seemed to find additional power to end gruelling rallies, or produce a mind-bending shot onto a line.

For all his efforts, Evans can be proud of claiming the only set Alcaraz has dropped so far this week and to have kept him out on Arthur Ashe Stadium for three-hours and 11-minutes before he claimed his 10th straight win at Flushing Meadows in his march to a successful defence of his title.


Daniel Evans (L) shakes hands with Carlos Alcaraz following their very entertaining third round match

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“He’s a tricky opponent,” Alcaraz said of Evans on court. “I’m really, really happy to get through.

“We played some great points that made us smile, Dan as well, so it’s great to see that on a tennis court.

“Obviously we play to make the people happy and entertain them and try to make the match funny. It’s great to have that and feel the energy that they [the crowd] enjoy that as well.”

Alcaraz could become the first player to retain the US Open since Roger Federer, who won the tournament consecutively between 2004 and 2008.

“I watch the draw and saw the opponents that I could play against,” Alcaraz admitted. “But I’m focussed day by day, and obviously to defend the title here is a goal for me.

“I’m looking for that, and know nobody has done it here since Federer, so I would love to be part of the tournament history with Roger defending the title, this is my main goal.”


Andrey Rublev is set to face Jack Draper next

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Andrey Rublev (8) joined Alcaraz in the fourth round with a 3-6 6-3 6-1 7-5 win against Arthur Rinderknech – the third Frenchman he’s beaten at the tournament this year.

The eighth seed had to work for it, coming from a set down in what was their first meeting.

“I hadn’t played Arthur before, we hadn’t even practised, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Rublev said following his win. “I knew he had a huge serve and a really amazing forehand and he goes for the shots, so I knew it was going to be a really tough match and I was happy that I could turn it around and win the match.”

Rublev will play Jack Draper in the last 16.

Jannik Sinner (6) also advanced after battling to a 6-3 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over 38-year-old former US Open champion (2016) Stan Wawrinka and set up a fourth-round encounter with 12th seed Alexander Zverev of Germany, whoin turn ousted Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov after three-hours 42-minutes, 6-7(2) 7-6(8) 6-1 6-1..

Finally, Daniil Medvedev (3) will take on Alex de Minaur (13) both players having progressed with straight set victories.

The Russian third favourite required, two hours and 48-minutes to get past Argentina’s Sebastian Baez 6-2 6-2 7-6(6) while the Aussie had an easier passge, taking out Chile’s Nicolas Jarry(23), 6-1 6-3 6-2 in one-hour, 45-minutes.


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