Saturday September 3rd, 2016

For the fourth time in five years, John Isner was bounced from the U.S. Open in the third round. 

Isner, the world No. 21 and the second-highest ranked American, lost on Friday in four sets to Great Britain's Kyle Edmund. The big-serving North Carolina native hasn't made a U.S. Open quarterfinal since 2011. 

For more on Isner's defeat and the rest of Friday evening's action—including big wins for Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber, plus a stunning tweener from Nadal—see our complete recap below. 

For a look at Friday's day session, including victories by Americans Jack Sock and Madison Keys, check out's Day 5 recap

Results Recap

Kyle Edmund d. No. 20 John Isner: Isner's 2015 U.S. Open ended in the fourth round to Roger Federer under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This year, it ended in less glamorous fashion—in the third round to Kyle Edmund. But while Isner will of course be disappointed with the result, Edmund deserves a ton of credit for playing an excellent match, which finished 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5).

Edmund's composure was extraordinarily impressive. Even when Isner started connecting on his serve—which reached 137 miles per hour more than once—Edmund didn't rattle. Of the two players, Isner seemed more shaken at times, visibly frustrated with his own play. Edmund, 21, was remarkably consistent, to the tune of just 24 unforced errors, and forced Isner to beat him—which he ultimately couldn't do.

Congratulations, Kyle—you get to play a well–rested Novak Djokovic in the fourth round! Though he doesn't seem too bothered by his next oppoentn. 

"These are the situations you want to be in, what you dream about, reaching the fourth round of a Slam now, getting the opportunity to play the world No. 1," Edmund said after the match. 

Five thoughts on U.S. Open Day 5: A bit of luck puts No. 1 Djokovic into fourth round

No. 4 Rafael Nadal d. Andrey Kuznetsov: Rafa Nadal eased to victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium, beating Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Nadal hasn't yet dropped a set at this year's U.S. Open. 

Here's a weird fact: Nadal is set to appear in the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2013. He didn't play in 2014 due to injury, and he was upset by Fabio Fognini in the third round last year. 

"Every victory helps for the confidence, no, especially when you feel that you played well," Nadal said after Friday's match. "I feel that today I played great tennis for a long time, for a lot of moments on the match." 

Nadal is set to face Lucas Pouille, the No. 24 seed, in the fourth round. The two players have only faced each other once, in Monte Carlo in 2015. Nadal won that match in straight sets. 

No. 2 Angelique Kerber d. Catherine Bellis: Friday night's Arthur Ashe finale wasn't exactly a thriller. Angie Kerber destroyed the 17-year-old American, beating her 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour. 

Obviously tonight represents just one night, but...we need to appreciate Kerber's dominance so far this tournament. First of all, she hasn't lost a set. And excluding her second set against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round—a set Kerber won in a tiebreaker—the German has only dropped four games the entire tournament. Is that good? That is good. 

Kerber's victory over Bellis, who as of now is set to play collegiately at Stanford, sets up a fourth–round match with Petra Kvitova. Kerber is 4–3 against Kvitova all-time, including a three–set victory in Stuttgart earlier this year. 

No. 24 Lucas Pouille d. No. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut: 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. 

Shot of the night

There were a couple candidates for shot of the night on this point alone, but how about that Rafa Nadal tweener to set up match point? 

Here's the longer context of the point. 

Tweet of the night

Thanks Nike!

Snapshots from Day 5

Check back tomorrow for coverage of matches involving Serena Williams, Andy Murray and more. 

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