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Djokovic gets a 2nd free pass at US Open when Youzhny quits


Novak Djokovic

“I didn’t get too much of match play”, Djokovic said.

In the first big upset of the tournament, Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic hit 15 double faults and lost to 120th-ranked qualifier Ryan Harrison of the United States 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1.

The last three U.S. Open champions will be in third-round action Friday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as the top-seeded Novak Djokovic, winner in both 2011 and 2015); the number four-seeded Rafael Nadal, winner in 2010 and 2013; and the seventh-seeded Marin Cilic, winner in 2014 will all take the court. “So really looking forward to trying to have straightforward matches”.

Edmund went on to hold serve in that game then clinched the tiebreaker with a forehand victor. And the roof is so high you don’t feel that you are closed.

However, 10 months in the company of Mikael Tillstrom seems to have turned Monfils into a more consistent performer and an impressive 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over Spain’s Nicolas Almagro put the Frenchman into the last 16 at the US Open yesterday.

Nadal introduced the serving position change in Barcelona this April but his lingering wrist injury meant he was unable to use it at the French Open, or at Wimbledon.

John Isner, of the United States, reacts after a shot to Steve Darcis, of Belgium, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in NY.

The newly-elected ATP Player Council president also reiterated his call for the sport to modify its schedule in an effort to diminish the physical pounding players endure and ensure health and longevity.

Everything, as I said, is going in the right direction. In the victory, Edmund won 81 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points.

Vesely’s misfortune was a welcome boost for top seed Djokovic who had required treatment on his upper right arm in his laboured first round win over Jerzy Janowicz on Monday.

A trainer wraps Mikhail Youzhny’s leg during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in NY.

“I feel that today I played great tennis for a long time, for a lot of moments on the match”.

The 23-year-old, whose last two appearances at the US Open had ended in retirements, goes on to face French ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. While he probably doesn’t mind the additional opportunities to rest his wrist, at some point rust will enter the equation, given the lack of match play this week. So, does he think he can grind out a title in Flushing?

Seppi, ranked at 87, has never got beyond the third round in NY but he is a former top 20 player who knocked Roger Federer out of the Australian Open two years ago. So maybe it should come as no surprise that Wozniacki – down at No. 74 in the rankings thanks to injury issues and early exits at tournaments – is suddenly making a bit of a run this week, including a victory over 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday.