U.S. Open Day 6 recap: Federer continues stellar form; Kvitova wins
NEW YORK – Catch up on the news and results from Day 6 on Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Roger Federer continues his stellar form: The No. 2 seed continued to dominate at the U.S. Open, defeating 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 Philipp Kohlschreiber for the tenth straight time on Saturday. Federer is into the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the 15th consecutive year and has won all nine sets through three matches so far, dropping a total of 20 games for the tournament.
Federer will play big-serving John Isner next, who is through to the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2011, beating Jiri Vesely 6–3, 6–4, ret. on Saturday. Vesely's mid-match retirement marks the 16th retirement this week at the U.S. Open.
Petra Kvitova cruises into fourth round: Much like Federer, Kvitova continued to breeze by her opponents, posting a 6–2, 6–1 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in just 66 minutes on Saturday. The No. 5 seed is into the fourth round in New York for the third time and will face British qualifier Johanna Konta, who defeated No. 18 seed Andrea Petkovic 7–6(2), 6–3 on Saturday. After taking down No. 9 seed Garbine Muguruza in the longest women's match in U.S. Open history (three hours and 23 minutes), Konta put up a fight against Petkovic but had trouble closing out the match, failing to finish on three match points. She finally got the win on the third match point of the ninth game and the win extended her winning streak to 16 matches. Konta is into the fourth round at a major for the first time in her career.
Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber play the match of the day: Azarenka and Kerber battled for nearly three hours on Ashe on Saturday, but the No. 20 seed outlasted No. 11 Kerber, winning 7–6, 2–6, 6–4 to advance to the fourth round. Azarenka hit 51 winners and 33 unforced errors on the match, while Kerber hit 46 winners and 31 unforced errors on the match and both won 15 games.
Azarenka will play American Varvara Lepchenko, who rallied from a set down to beat No. 53 Mona Barthel 1–6, 6–3, 6–4 o has reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time. Lepchenko is into the the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time.
Donald Young makes another comeback from two sets to love down: American Donald Young rallied from two sets down to defeat No. 22 Viktor Troicki 4–6, 0–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4 on Saturday. The Grandstand was packed with fans who chanted "Let's go Donald!" and "USA! USA! USA!" and Young thrived off the crowd's energy. Young had never won a match from two sets down before his five-set victory over Gilles Simon on Tuesday. He's now done it twice in two days and advances to the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2011. With Isner's win earlier in the day, two American men are into the second week in New York for the first time since 2012.
Richard Gasquet cruises past Bernard Tomic: Four Frenchmen are now into the U.S. Open round of 16 as Gasquet made quick work of Bernard Tomic on Saturday, defeating the Australian 6–4, 6–3, 6–1. Gasquet won 90% of his first serve points and played an incredible match for a packed Grandstand crowd. Gasquet joins Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jeremy Chardy and Benoit Paire in the fourth round, an impressive showing for the French at the final Slam of the season.
Eugenie Bouchard withdraws from mixed doubles and doubles events: According to a statement from U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer, Bouchard slipped and fell in the locker room on Friday night and sustained a injury. No decision has been made on her singles play at this time.
More notable results: Sam Stosur d. Sara Errani, 7–5, 2–6, 6–1; Tomas Berdych d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6–7(2), 7–6(7), 6–3, 6–3; Flavia Pennetta d. Petra Cetkovska, 1–6, 6–1, 6–4.
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