Novak Djokovic stands to benefit from Raonic’s exit given they were due to meet in the semi-finals and the Serbian enjoyed a far easier passage, after Jiri Vesely withdrew with a left forearm injury.
Left-hander Vesely had defeated the Serb at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. “I’ve got a ways to go, especially with guys playing well into their 30s now”.
Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki has defeated a top-10 opponent for the first time in almost a year, bouncing back from a horrid start to beat 2004 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova. “There were points there that I could barely hold the racquet”, he said.
Next up for Wozniacki is Romania’s Monica Niculescu.
The second seed will take on American teenager CiCi Bellis, who came back from a set down to beat fellow American Shelby Rogers 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“It’s mental maturity, a little bit of stabilization with everything around me that is allowing me to play with a sense of calm and also with excitement”, said Harrison, who turned pro almost a decade ago and reached a top ranking of 43rd in 2012.
The Raonic serve is his biggest weapon but he could not use it to its full capability, at one point hitting a serve of just 77mph, around half the speed of his fastest ever effort of 155mph. “But probably the key is don’t think about this”.
Having not won a match at the US Open in five years before this week, 26-year-old Sevastova now goes on to face Kateryna Bondarenko, a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 victor over China’s Zheng Saisai. On the whole, she hasn’t had a great last few tournaments.
Kvitova now plays Ukrainian 22nd seed Elina Svitolina who put out Lauren Davis of the United States 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. “You play a bad match on Friday, all of a sudden today’s win feels a long way’s away”.
Anderson reached the quarter-finals past year, beating 2012 champion Andy Murray on the way, but has been plagued by knee, shoulder and ankle injuries in 2016 which forced him to skip eight events.
Britain’s Kyle Edmund backed up his first round win over world number 15 Richard Gasquet with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 victory over USA wildcard Ernesto Escobedo on the back of 53 winners.
John Isner took four sets to beat Steve Darcis in a second round match.
American Jack Sock cruised past Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-1, 6-2, setting up a matchup with former champion and seventh-seed Marin Cilic, who advanced with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Until Monday, Harrison hadn’t won any main-draw match at any major since the 2013 French Open. Pospisil also was knocked out in three sets, by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, the 23rd seed. Johanna Konta, the tournament’s 13th-seeded woman, collapsed and received medical treatment right out there on Court 13 late in the second set of her 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Tsvetana Pironkova.
See, the traffic and general frenzy of getting to Flushing Meadows on off days had proved to be more draining than useful to Kvitova.