U.S. Open Day 4 after dark: Wozniacki stumbles, Federer cruises
NEW YORK – Roger Federer earned a straight-sets victory in the first Arthur Ashe match of the night session. Check out the Day 4 day session recap here, and catch up with news and results from Day 4 after 7 p.m. at the U.S. Open below.
Caroline Wozniacki rallies, then falls to Petra Cetcovska: No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki is the latest seed to make an early exit at the U.S. Open. Petra Cetkovska earned a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(1) second round victory in Thursday’s finale at Arthur Ashe. After Wozniacki fell behind 4-1 in the second set, she rallied to win 7-5. But trailing 6-5 in the third, Cetkovska saved four match points, confidently stroking the ball toward the alleys despite being on the brink of elimination. Cetkovska proceeded to dominate the tiebreak, booking a third round matchup with No. 26 Flavia Pennetta.
Roger Federer eases to victory: No. 2 Roger Federer put on a vintage performance on Thursday night, earning a 6–1, 6–2, 6–1 victory over Steve Darcis. Darcis didn’t have a break point opportunity until the third set (which Federer denied). The stat of the night: Federer recorded 46 winners to Darcis’s eight. The fact that Darcis only made 18 unforced errors (compared to Federer’s 25) underscores the brilliant tennis Federer played. Federer will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.
Bernard Tomic defeats Lleyton Hewitt to win the Battle of the Aussies: Crikey! (Sorry.) In the Grandstand’s Battle for Australia, No. 24 Bernard Tomic defeated 2001 U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 7–5. After Hewitt rallied to force a fifth set, Tomic came back from down 3-5 in the fifth, saving two match points. Hewitt, 34, plans to retire after next year’s Australian Open, so his defeat to Tomic will be his final match at Flushing Meadows.
Drone interrupts match at Armstrong: In one of the more bizarre moments of this year's U.S. Open, the match between No. 26 Flavia Pennetta and Monica Niculescu at Louis Armstrong was disrupted by a drone. On Thursday night, the USTA released a statement on the incident:
At approximately 8:27pm on Thursday, September 03, a drone flying from the east flew into the southwest corner of Louis Armstrong Stadium during the Flavia Pennetta vs. Monica Niculescu match.
No spectators were in the immediate area of the crash and there were no injuries.
The NYPD responded and is conducting an ongoing investigation.
"I was a little bit scared, I have to say," Pennetta said, according to USA Today. "I mean, with all the things that happen now in the world, I’m imagining, 'OK, it’s a bomb.' That was my first reaction. I think it’s normal to think something like that.
"I was trying to (keep playing). I saw the police there watching and everything."
Other notable results: No. 6 Tomas Berdych d. Jurgen Melzer 7-6(2), 6-1, 6-3; No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber d. Lukas Rosol 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-2; No. 15 Kevin Anderson d. Austin Krajicek 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; No. 12 Richard Gasquet d. Robin Haase 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-4; No. 26 Flavia Pennetta d. Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-4.
This post will be updated with the result of Thursday night's finale between No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Cetkovska.